Charley Hull (born 20 March 1996) is an English professional golfer who has achieved success both on the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour, winning honours as Rookie of the Year, becoming the youngest competitor to participate in the international Solheim Cup matches and becoming a champion on the European circuit in 2014 before the age of 18. In 2016, she won the prestigious CME Group Tour Championship, the season-ending event of the LPGA Tour.
Hull was first introduced to golf aged two, and began playing with her father at Kettering Golf Club. She left school aged 13 to be home schooled, and started playing in amateur tournaments.
Hull came to public attention aged 9, when she won a significant 18-hole handicap event against adults with a score of 28 stableford points from a handicap of 26 at Turnberry. Aged 10 she played alongside Morgan Pressel in the British Open Pro-Am. Hull then won several amateur events in the United States and Great Britain and has ranked in the top-10 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking, reaching a high of number three in the world.
Hull played on the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team in 2012. She lost her fourballs and foursomes matches on the first two days but won her singles match on the final day as the GB&I team beat the United States team 10½–9½. She had initially been removed from the team in a dispute with the Ladies Golf Union over a mandatory training session that conflicted with the Kraft Nabisco Championship, a major championship on the LPGA Tour, to which Hull had been invited. The LGU re-instated Hull to the team and Hull finished tied for 38th at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Hull also competed in the 2012 Women's British Open, where she was tied for third after the first round.
Hull turned professional on 1 January 2013. She made her professional debut in March 2013 and reeled off five consecutive second-place finishes on the Ladies European Tour: Lalla Meryem Cup, South African Women's Open, Turkish Airlines Ladies Open, Deloitte Ladies Open and a playoff loss at the UniCredit Ladies German Open.
With five additional top-ten finishes on the Ladies European Tour, she finished sixth on the tour's Order of Merit with earnings of just under €135,995 in fifteen official events. With her strong debut on the tour, Hull was awarded the 2013 LET Rookie of the Year award and was voted the Best International Newcomer by the Sports Journalists' Association and presented with the Peter Wilson Trophy at the SJA British Sports Awards Hull was also on the shortlist for the BBC's Young Sports Personality of the Year, losing to 16-year-old swimmer Josef Craig.
In August 2013, Hull was selected by European Solheim Cup captain Liselotte Neumann to compete in the 2013 Solheim Cup, the youngest person ever to play in the tournament. The team was the first European Solheim squad to win on U.S. soil, with a final score of 18-10. Hull contributed 2 points, including a 5 & 4 singles win over Paula Creamer. Neumann later praised Hull's performance.
On 16 March 2014, four days shy of her 18th birthday, Hull won her first professional title at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco. Having a five shot deficit to the overnight leader, Gwladys Nocera, Hull scored a bogey-free round of 62 (−9) to finish level with Nocera and force a playoff. Hull birdied the first sudden-death hole to secure the victory.
Hull's mother and her maternal grandparents are Polish.
Based at Woburn Golf and Country Club, Hull spends her winters with her family based in Florida.
Hull has publicly spoken out against single-sex golf clubs. When asked by the BBC if she had experienced discrimination on the course, she recounted that when she was seven years old she defeated a 17-year-old boy and he swore at her after the match.
- 2011 Ione D Jones/Doherty Championship, Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship, English Women's Stroke Play Championship
- 2012 Harder Hall Invitational
- "2011 Ione D Jones/Doherty Championship". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "2011 Welsh Open Stroke Play". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "2011 English Open Stroke Play". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
- "2012 Harder Hall Invitational". World Amateur Golf Ranking. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
Professional wins (2)
LPGA Tour (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of |
|1||20 Nov 2016||CME Group Tour Championship||67-70-66-66=269||−19||2 strokes||Ryu So-yeon||$500,000|
Ladies European Tour (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of |
|1||16 Mar 2014||Lalla Meryem Cup||68-71-68-62=269||−15||Playoff||Gwladys Nocera||67,500|
LET playoff record (1–1)
|1||2014||Lalla Meryem Cup||Gwladys Nocera||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|2||2014||Ladies German Open||Kylie Walker||lost to par on first extra hole|
Results in LPGA majors
Results not in chronological order before 2015.
|Women's PGA Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||T26||16|
|U.S. Women's Open||DNP||DNP||DNP||T42||CUT|
|Women's British Open||CUT||CUT||T12||T31||T17|
|The Evian Championship ^||CUT||T47||T38||T52|
^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013.
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied
Yellow background for top-10
|Women's PGA Championship||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||2|
|U.S. Women's Open||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||1|
|Women's British Open||0||0||0||0||0||2||5||3|
|The Evian Championship||0||0||0||0||0||0||4||3|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 10 (2014 ANA – 2016 Women's PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)
- Curtis Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 2012 (winners)
- Solheim Cup (representing Europe): 2013 (winners), 2015
- International Crown (representing England): 2016
Solheim Cup record
|2013||3||2–1–0||1–0–0 def. P. Creamer 5&4||0–0–0||1–1–0 lost w/ C. Matthew 2&1 |
won w/ J. Ewart Shadoff 2 up
|2015||5||4–1–0||0–1–0 lost to C. Kerr 3&2||2–0–0 won w/ M. Reid 2&1 |
won w/ S. Pettersen 1 up
|2–0–0 won w/ G. Nocera 3&2 |
won w/ S. Pettersen 2 up