Ladies European Tour

Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open

January 10-12

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Abu Dhabi

$300,000

January 10-12

Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Abu Dhabi

$300,000

Round 3

Charley Hull claims wire-to-wire victory in Abu Dhabi

January 12, 2019

England’s Charley Hull made the best possible start to 2019 when she claimed a wire-to-wire victory in the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open to earn her second Ladies European Tour trophy.

Charley Hull claims wire-to-wire victory in Abu Dhabi

- Ladies European Tour

Hull fired rounds of 67, 72 and 69 in warm and windy conditions for a total of eight-under-par 208 at the spectacular Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, ending one stroke ahead of Marianne Skarpnord.

The Norwegian set the clubhouse target at seven-under-par and Hull needed a par on the last hole to seal the victory, which she delivered in style, getting up and down from a bunker behind the 18th green, with her new fiancé, Ozzie Smith, watching on. Smith proposed with a diamond ring at Christmas and now the pair have another reason to celebrate, with the prospect of another season of stunning success ahead, including a potential fourth Solheim Cup appearance in Scotland in September.

“I’ve practised really, really hard over the winter and it feels great to win back on the LET, especially since I had my first pro win in Morocco five years ago,” said Hull, the Rookie of the Year in 2013, who went on to win the Order of Merit in 2014.

“Hopefully I can get a few more wins this year and I’ve been practising really hard so it shows that my hard work is paying off.”

Hull started the final round with a one-stroke lead and she went two ahead with a birdie on the second hole, but dropped a shot on the short third after getting stuck down a steep slope to the right of the green, holing a good eight-footer for bogey.

The 22-year-old from Kettering made another solid eight-footer, this time for birdie, on the sixth green but then dropped a shot on hole 10. An eagle on the par-5 11th, where she played her 6-iron to 15 feet, put her two clear of Skarpnord. She then holed another birdie putt from 10 feet on the 14th to reach eight-under-par and held firm in the breeze.

“I’m very happy with my round. I left a lot of putts out there today, but it’s hard to putt when it’s windy like this,” she said.

“It was windy all three days really and especially on the second day. Today the wind got up in the end and it was a tricky finish, especially the 18th hole, because you can’t hit more than a 5-iron off that tee to be short of the bunkers, or you go with the driver, and go over it all, and that’s a risky shot. With that back right pin it was a good finish and I hit a 5-iron, over the green, had a 35 yard bunker shot and I stiffed it. It was quite tricky and I made the putt, so it feels really good to be back in the winner’s circle again.”

Hull received the iconic gazelle trophy from the golf course designer, Gary Player, whom she said she said she had looked up to her entire career and whom she thanked for designing “such a great course.”

Skarpnord, who last won on the LET in 2013, said that her 68 for solo second was “a big step in the right direction.”

“Every time I was in contention last year, top three, five, ten, I shot over par on the last round. I kind of had a goal today that I was going to shoot under par and if I did that, then I’d be very happy,” she said.

“I holed a couple of putts on the back nine and played pretty good, but Charley plays good golf and I heard she had a very tricky bunker shot on the last and got up and down to win. She hits those shots and you probably need to be one ahead to beat her.”

Another strong Solheim Cup prospect, Caroline Hedwall, from Sweden, came through the pack with a 67 to share third place with Dutchwoman Anne Van Dam (68), Dane Nicole Broch Larsen (71), Spain’s Luna Sobron (72) and England’s Jodi Ewart Shadoff (73).

But the round of the day belonged to the 2017 champion, Aditi Ashok, who signed off with a 66 to finish in tied eighth position with Jenny Haglund and Nanna Koerstz Madsen on two-under.

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
Prize Money $
1
Charley Hull
-8
67
72
69
208
38,115.60
2
Marianne Skarpnord
-7
71
70
68
209
22,869.36
3
Caroline Hedwall
-3
71
75
67
213
10,164.16
3
Anne Van Dam
-3
72
73
68
213
10,164.16
3
Nicole Broch Larsen
-3
69
73
71
213
10,164.16
3
Luna Sobron
-3
69
72
72
213
10,164.16
3
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-3
70
70
73
213
10,164.16
8
Aditi Ashok
-2
76
72
66
214
6,132.38
8
Jenny Haglund
-2
71
74
69
214
6,132.38
8
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-2
72
70
72
214
6,132.38
11
Noora Komulainen
-1
75
72
68
215
5,259.95
11
Marta Sanz Barrio
-1
75
71
69
215
5,259.95
11
Laura Fuenfstueck
-1
71
74
70
215
5,259.95
11
Amy Boulden
-1
73
71
71
215
5,259.95
15
Cheyenne Woods
Par
74
75
67
216
4,624.69
16
Stacy Lee Bregman
2
73
75
70
218
4,307.07
16
Sarah Kemp
2
72
70
76
218
4,307.07
18
Catriona Matthew
3
73
74
72
219
3,695.40
18
Camilla Lennarth
3
74
73
72
219
3,695.40
18
Lydia Hall
3
76
71
72
219
3,695.40
18
Gabriella Cowley
3
74
71
74
219
3,695.40
18
Ursula Wikstrom
3
72
73
74
219
3,695.40
18
Rebecca Artis
3
70
73
76
219
3,695.40
18
Cajsa Persson
3
70
71
78
219
3,695.40
25
Linda Wessberg
4
75
71
74
220
3,017.49
25
Laura Davies
4
77
73
70
220
3,017.49
25
Lina Boqvist
4
71
74
75
220
3,017.49
25
Olivia Cowan
4
79
72
69
220
3,017.49
29
Julia Engstrom
5
73
74
74
221
2,591.86
29
Becky Morgan
5
79
71
71
221
2,591.86
29
Felicity Johnson
5
72
73
76
221
2,591.86
32
Silvia Banon
6
76
73
73
222
2,363.17
33
Manon Molle
7
72
75
76
223
2,134.47
33
Lynn Carlsson
7
75
73
75
223
2,134.47
33
Florentyna Parker
7
77
74
72
223
2,134.47
33
Hannah Burke
7
74
77
72
223
2,134.47
33
Beth Allen
7
77
75
71
223
2,134.47
38
Kylie Henry
8
77
73
74
224
1,829.55
38
Tonje Daffinrud
8
74
77
73
224
1,829.55
38
Karolin Lampert
8
78
74
72
224
1,829.55
41
Noemi Jimenez Martin
9
71
79
75
225
1,651.68
41
Carmen Alonso
9
80
72
73
225
1,651.68
41
Meghan Maclaren
9
75
78
72
225
1,651.68
44
Trish Johnson
10
74
73
79
226
1,588.15
44
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne
10
78
78
70
226
1,588.15
46
Camille Chevalier
11
78
76
73
227
1,550.03
47
Christine Wolf
12
78
74
76
228
1,524.62
48
Maha Haddioui
13
83
76
70
229
1,499.21
49
Patricia Sanz Barrio
14
77
77
76
230
1,461.10
49
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir
14
78
79
73
230
1,461.10
51
Holly Clyburn
15
77
78
76
231
1,397.57
52
Isabelle Boineau
16
75
79
78
232
1,346.75
52
Becky Brewerton
18
79
75
80
234
1,270.52
53
Emily Kristine Pedersen
18
77
78
79
234
1,270.52
55
Carly Booth
19
81
77
77
235
1,194.29
56
Sophie Lamb
33
87
83
79
249
1,143.47
Pos.
Player
To Par
R3
Total
1
Charley Hull
-8
69
208
2
Marianne Skarpnord
-7
68
209
3
Caroline Hedwall
-3
67
213
3
Anne Van Dam
-3
68
213
3
Nicole Broch Larsen
-3
71
213
3
Luna Sobron
-3
72
213
3
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
-3
73
213
8
Aditi Ashok
-2
66
214
8
Jenny Haglund
-2
69
214
8
Nanna Koerstz Madsen
-2
72
214
11
Noora Komulainen
-1
68
215
11
Marta Sanz Barrio
-1
69
215
11
Laura Fuenfstueck
-1
70
215
11
Amy Boulden
-1
71
215
15
Cheyenne Woods
Par
67
216
16
Stacy Lee Bregman
2
70
218
16
Sarah Kemp
2
76
218
18
Catriona Matthew
3
72
219
18
Camilla Lennarth
3
72
219
18
Lydia Hall
3
72
219
18
Gabriella Cowley
3
74
219
18
Ursula Wikstrom
3
74
219
18
Rebecca Artis
3
76
219
18
Cajsa Persson
3
78
219
25
Linda Wessberg
4
74
220
25
Laura Davies
4
70
220
25
Lina Boqvist
4
75
220
25
Olivia Cowan
4
69
220
29
Julia Engstrom
5
74
221
29
Becky Morgan
5
71
221
29
Felicity Johnson
5
76
221
32
Silvia Banon
6
73
222
33
Manon Molle
7
76
223
33
Lynn Carlsson
7
75
223
33
Florentyna Parker
7
72
223
33
Hannah Burke
7
72
223
33
Beth Allen
7
71
223
38
Kylie Henry
8
74
224
38
Tonje Daffinrud
8
73
224
38
Karolin Lampert
8
72
224
41
Noemi Jimenez Martin
9
75
225
41
Carmen Alonso
9
73
225
41
Meghan Maclaren
9
72
225
44
Trish Johnson
10
79
226
44
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne
10
70
226
46
Camille Chevalier
11
73
227
47
Christine Wolf
12
76
228
48
Maha Haddioui
13
70
229
49
Patricia Sanz Barrio
14
76
230
49
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir
14
73
230
51
Holly Clyburn
15
76
231
52
Isabelle Boineau
16
78
232
52
Becky Brewerton
18
80
234
53
Emily Kristine Pedersen
18
79
234
55
Carly Booth
19
77
235
56
Sophie Lamb
33
79
249