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Hull aims to repeat feat at CME Group Tour Championship

From FOX Sports - November 14, 2017

A year has passed since Charley Hull, the toast of English golf and one of the worlds up-and-coming players, captured the CME Group Tour Championship at the age of 20 to claim her first victory on the LPGA Tour.

Since that breakthrough triumph at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla., Hull has not returned to the winners circle, but her 2017 campaign has still been a success.

Hull has finished in the top 10 three times this seasonmost recently forging a tie for sixth at the LPGA KEB HanaBank Championship in South Korea. She also had three top 20 showings in the Tours recent Asia swing.

Last year, Hull played brilliant golf when she turned in back-to-back 66s in the final two rounds to claim the championship. She finished at 19-under-par to defeat South Koreas So Yeon Ryu by two strokes.

I was really buzzing to get my first win on the LPGA at the end of 2016, Hull said. The field at the CME Group Tour Championship was really strong and I had a great week from start to finish and a lot of good shots that paid off.

Given her recent form, Hull has a lot of confidence as she heads back to Naples and the LPGA Tour Championship to defend her crown. She has a matter-of-fact strategy that allows her to play golf and compete at the highest level with minimal pressure.

I dont really like to set too many goals, Hull said. I will keep focusing on good shots, as each good shot leads to a good hole and lots of good holes lead to a good round, which leads to a good tournament. This is my second full year on the LPGA, and it means Ive had a bit more flexibility about which events I wanted to play in.

Hull has been a force in the womens game since before she turned professional at the age of 17. She was first introduced to golf when she was 2 years old and began playing with her father at Kettering Golf Club in England. She left school when she was 13 to be home schooled and started playing in amateur tournaments.

She made her professional debut in March 2013 and reeled off five consecutive second-place finishes on the Ladies European Tour. With five additional top-10 finishes that season, Hull finished sixth on the tours Order of Merit despite playing in just 15 official events and won the LET Rookie of the Year award.

In August 2013, Hull was selected by European Solheim Cup captain Liselotte Neumann to compete in the 2013 edition of the event. Then 17, she became the youngest person ever to play in the tournament.

The team was the first European Solheim squad to win on United States soil, with a final score of 18-10. Hull contributed two points, including a 5 & 4 singles win over Paula Creamer.

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