Ladies European Tour
Aug 19th, 2020
Hall and Hull up for challenge at Royal Troon
British stars hoping to shine in AIG Women’s Open
Words: GolfPunk Photography: R&A
The 24-year-old is enjoying the buzz of the first women’s Major Championship of the year, an event Hall memorably won in 2018 at Royal Lytham and St Annes.
Given Royal Troon is set to present similar links challenges, the English player is relishing the task as a star-studded international field prepare to compete from Thursday.
With the AIG Women’s Open being played safely without spectators due to COVID-19, Hall said, “It's lovely coming to an event knowing that you've won it and done the job in a Women's Open, my home kind of event. I look forward to this more than any other throughout the year.
“It's always very special to see all the massive boards everywhere and it definitely feels like a Major.”
The R&A Women and Girls’ Golf ambassador added; “I think it's an amazing venue at Royal Troon. I love links golf. I only bring the 3-iron out once a year, and this is the week, so I can't wait. I've heard it's going to be windy, so it's going to play extremely tough.”
While fellow Englishwoman Charley Hull is more familiar with parkland courses, the 24-year-old has experience of Royal Troon having played it in her early teens as an amateur in the Helen Holm Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship.
“I’m feeling good,” said Hull, who has posted five top-10s in Majors. “I played Royal St. George's in the Rose Ladies Series about a month ago and that kind of got me in some links golf.
“The golf course is in great condition. The greens are rolling really nicely. I like it because it doesn't look that long on the scorecard, but it has a lot of lay-up holes that leave longer irons into the greens. I quite like that because I'm a strong long iron player.”
With Royal Troon hosting the AIG Women’s Open for the first time, Hull is especially looking forward to the challenge of the ‘Postage Stamp’, the short 8th, at 114 yards.
“It's only a wedge, it depends on the wind direction, so it's a good birdie hole I think,” she said. “There's a lot more tricky holes out there, but it's a cool little hole.”
The staging of the AIG Women’s Open continues a rich history at Royal Troon, having hosted The Open on nine occasions. It has also hosted events such as The Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex, The Amateur Championship and the Women’s Amateur Championship.
Dame Laura Davies, making her 40th appearance in the Championship, has the honour of striking the opening tee shot on Thursday morning at 6.30 am.