It was a slow start for Charley Hull at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. But the 25-year-old Englishman stepped on the gas to shoot 7 under par 65 on round one at Blythefield Country Club.
The performance was underscored by two Eagles who finished 14th in the Loch Aon Risk Reward Challenge and 18th place.
“I made a good trip [on 14], and move into the green like a small 4-iron. Got a 35-, 40-foot putt and then No. 18 didn’t quite catch the drive, ”said Hull. “Didn’t hit my driver well today. But then 7-iron in I think like 10-15 feet and punched.
“I feel really good with my irons. It’s just my driver. As long as I can get it somewhere near the fairway, I have a chance because I hit my irons well. I’ve been working hard on my game over the past few weeks. “
With overnight rain expected in Belmont, Michigan, Hull may be the only player committed to getting it carried over to the morning wave on Friday. However, she has good reasons. Their native England will face Scotland in the UEFA Euro 2020 group stage at 3 p.m. ET. Hull starts tomorrow at 12:48 p.m. local time from tee 10.
“Hopefully there will be a delay and then I can see England-Scotland football tomorrow,” said Hull. “It’s always good when England plays. Pubs at home are great fun. Wish I was at home in a pub but I’m happy with my 7-under so I’ll stay out here.
“I think it’s good to get a good score, especially when the weather is bad. It’s a very achievable golf course, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow. “