Charley Hull will be aiming to go one better at the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic after a near miss last year when she returns to compete in the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic at Emirates Golf Club from December 6 to 9.
One of the finest talents of her generation, Hull agonizingly fell short 12 months ago despite a flawless 65 that left the highest-ranked British golfer alone in second place, two shots adrift of eventual winner Shanshan Feng of China.
The three-time Solheim Cup player will join Women’s British Open winner In-Kyung Kim, Dame Laura Davies and American Brittany Lincicome among other top draws as she bids to become the first English golfer to win the season-ending Ladies European Tour event.
“I do have great memories of this event. It’s fun; I like it, especially winning the Rookie of the Year award in 2013, because I remember it being quite close between me and Holly (Clyburn) and I kind of felt the pressure, but played well, and then last year there was a bit of a battle between me and Shanshan.”
“It was really good. I enjoyed it. The Majlis course is amazing. You can hit driver a little bit more. Also, I like the greens because they are firm and fast, said the 21-year-old from Kettering, who finished fifth in the event in 2014 and eighth in 2013.
“It would be pretty cool if I could finish with a win this time around, but for that to happen I need to play some very good golf as there are many strong contenders in the field. I still have a lot to learn,” said Hull, who claimed her first LPGA Tour win at the 2016 CME Group Tour Championship, two years after breaking through on the Ladies European Tour with a victory at the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco.
“I am really happy with my golf. I want to win a lot of tournaments. That is what I am out there to do,” added Hull, whose 2017 season on the LPGA was highlighted by three top-10s. Part of the first European Solheim team to win in US soil back in 2013, Hull also competed at the Rio Olympics last year, finishing seventh overall.
David Spencer, the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic tournament director, said: “We are delighted to welcome back Charley, who is a great ambassador for women’s golf and a tremendous role model for so many young girls.
“Charley is someone who has real enthusiasm for the game and has shown if you put your mindset on your goals, you go out and invariably achieve them. Her presence certainly elevates the energy of the competition,” he added.