Charley Hull’s offensive approach succeeds in Texas: “I get bored if I don’t go for pins”

Golf isn’t something Charley Hull takes too seriously. She can play with the type of flexibility that makes the game casual and enjoyable because of this.

It seems to work.

“I just think at the end of the day it’s just a sport and you’re not going to die if you hit a bad shot. Just go out there and have fun. That’s basically what I do,” Hull said on Sunday. “I get bored if I don’t go for pins, and then I get bored I don’t play as good. If I just go after pins, keep myself on my toes, make a few birdies, I find it interesting and exciting, and that’s when I usually play my best golf.”

On Sunday, Hull won the Volunteers of America Classic at The Colony, Texas, for the second time in her LPGA career. She finished with a seven-under 64.

She and Xiyu Lin matched at the beginning of the day, but she went ahead by one shot when Lin bogeyed the eleventh. Hull made four of the next seven birdies, including three consecutive from holes 12 through 14, to lead by one going into the 18th hole. Lin, who eagled the 17th after Hull made a birdie, squandered her opportunity to make a birdie on the 18th to force a playoff. Hull made a two-putt from off the green for a par.

Hull said, “I hit a nice 7-iron in. “I hit a pretty decent shot there, but I didn’t really like that shot into 18 all week.”

Hull won an Aramco Team Series event on the Ladies European Tour last year, but she hadn’t achieved the feat on the LPGA Tour since winning the CME Group Tour Championship in 2016.

Hull said that whether playing at home or when playing with males, she plays from the back tees. She claims that exerting such effort now will benefit her during tournament time when the courses are often a bit shorter. In the final round, the 26-year-old English professional made 15 of 18 greens in regulation.

She said, “My irons are fairly good, and I’m not afraid to come in with a long iron.” “I wasn’t like going at my driver this week. Just three-quarter drives down there. Like don’t need to blast it.”

Her victory follows a T5 the previous week in Arkansas, one of her three other top-five finishes this season.

Hull acknowledged, “I’ve had some good results this year.” “Had a very similar season to my 2016 season, so I’m actually happy I’ve got a couple events left as well, because I felt like in the 2016 season if I had a few more I could have pushed on. Yeah, it’s exciting.

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