Charley Hull Secures Enthralling Ascendant LPGA

A fantastic final round of 64 gave Hull her first LPGA Tour title since 2016

Hull waves to the crowd following her putt
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At the Ascendant LPGA, fans were treated to a fantastic final day, as Charley Hull carded a seven-under-par final round of 64 to secure her first LPGA Tour title since the 2016 CME Group Tour Championship.

It was a tense final round, especially when Xiyu Lin and Lydia Ko fired six-under-par rounds to challenge the 26-year-old. However, Hull was relentless over the final day, as eight birdies and one bogey was enough to give her an 18-under total and a one shot lead over Lin. 

Beginning the final day, it was Hull and Lin who began in a share of the lead, with Ko and Solheim Cup player, Celine Boutier, just one shot back. Throughout the early parts of the day, we saw the leaderboard change regularly, as players squabbled for the top position.

At one point, there was a three-way tie at the top but, with the front nine over with, it was Hull who pulled away from the pack midway through the back nine, as three birdies on the bounce vaulted her three shots clear of Lin and Ko.

It seemed that she was cruising to a first LPGA Tour title in six years but, winning is never easy and, after Lydia Ko birdied the 15th and 17th, the lead was down to one. Ko was then also joined by Lin, who went one better at the 17th, as an eagle pulled herself alongside Hull momentarily. 

Ko walks on the green with her putter

Ko was looking for her second victory of 2022

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As Hull birdied the par 5, the 26-year-old held a one shot lead going down the last and, following two classy shots, she left herself a putt for the win. Striking the birdie attempt, it drifted just by, with Lin now needing to hole her putt to force a playoff.

Her putt though did the opposite to Hull's, going and staying left. Tapping-in, the title was Hull's, who couldn't have been more relieved to finally pick up a second LPGA Tour title.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x