Charley Hull Holes Stunning Bunker Shot For Eagle At AIG Women's Open

The home favourite gave fans something to cheer about as she holed a stunning bunker shot on the 11th

Charley Hull hits a bunker shot at Walton Heath
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Charley Hull's bid for glory at the AIG Women's Open got off to a slow start during the final day, but she electrified her round and the home crowds by holing out from the sand for a thrilling eagle.

England's Hull slumped to bogeys on the third and fourth at Walton Heath and, with Lilia Vu firing pars and birdies, the American was grabbing control at the top of the leaderboard.

However, Hull got back to level par for her round in sensational fashion at the par-5 11th when, after her second found a green side bunker at the front left, she was able to hole the shot from an incredibly difficult lie.

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About two feet from the face, Hull's caddie, Adam Woodward, was heard advising her that she would do well to splash out to 15 feet. Hull though was on the charge and, as she struck her shot, it landed well short of the hole but kept running straight into the cup. Certainly it thrilled the crowd and broadcast team covering the live action.

Beginning the round, Hull started in a share of the lead with Vu, with the Englishwoman enjoying plenty of home support as she bids to emulate compatriot Georgia Hall, who won  the AIG Women's Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2018.

Speaking after her third round 68, Hull said: "It would be unbelievable. What Georgia did in 2018, to do that again would be unreal. But one step at a time and just go out there and have fun.

"It is good. There are so many crowds and it's nice to have home support. I just feel excited and comfortable and just really enjoying it. Golf is a game. It's a sport and you play it because it's fun, and I just enjoy it. Good or bad, I love it."

James Nursey

James Nursey is a freelance contributor to Golf Monthly after spending over 20 years as a sports reporter in newspapers. During a 17-year career with the Daily Mirror, he covered mainly football but reported from The Open annually and also covered a Ryder Cup and three US Opens. He counts a pre-tournament exclusive with Justin Rose at Merion in 2013 as one of his most memorable as the Englishman went on to win his first Major and later repeated much of the interview in his winner’s speech.  Now, after choosing to leave full-time work in newspapers, James, who is a keen single-figure player, is writing about golf more.  His favourite track is the Old Course after attending St Andrews University but has since played mainly at Edgbaston, where he is a member. James’ golfing highlights include a hole-in-one and previously winning the club championship and scratch knock-out at Edgbaston. He is also an active member of the Association of Golf Writers and Press Golfing Society, for whom he has represented in matches. But he is just as happy hitting balls or playing the odd hole with his young daughter at their local club Shrewsbury.

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