Britain’s No 1, who finished 12th in the season’s first Major in California, is frustrated by the lack of home tournaments and believes she has no option but to ply her trade in America.
Back on a flying visit to the UK to stake out Kingsbarns, which will stage the Ricoh Women’s British Open for the first time in August, the 21-year-old called for an expansion of the threadbare Ladies European Tour schedule. After this week’s Mediterranean Ladies Open in Spain,there are now events until the Turkish Ladies Open on June 19.
“You pretty much have to go to the States because there aren’t many tournaments on the LET. America is where the money is and where the best players in the world play, so it is the place to be,” she said.
“The best thing about the US is the courses but I just like being at home. I don’t like leaving. I love England.
“Going to places like China and all the foreign places isn’t brilliant. I wish I was in Europe more. It would be cool to have more events here.”
Hull, who will play next at the Texas Shootout later this month followed by the Lorena Ochoa Matchplay in Mexico, will not be back in action on home soil until the Scottish Open at Dundonald which precedes the British Open.
The Scottish links scene is one which has grown on her after initial confusion as a nine-year-old headed for St Andrews for the first time.
“I didn’t really understand what St Andrews was because I was quite young. I knew it was the Home of Golf and recognised the bridge where Jack Nicklaus stood, but I thought you actually played golf through the town. When I got there I realised it wasn’t actually played through the town,” she recalled.
She might have preferred it had she been asked to bump and run along Market Street. Initially links golf brought on a kind of golfing agoraphobia for a girl brought up on Woburn parkland, until she came up with an unusual solution three years ago at the British Open.
“I’d never been a fan of links courses – they are so wide and I struggled to concentrate,” she admitted. “So at Birkdale I imagined trees in the middle of the fairway and that helped me focus.
“I just play golf courses now. I feel if I hit it straight I’ll be fine. I don’t really think about it too much.
“It would be massive to win the British Open. It’s a pretty big championship and I’m looking forward to it.”
If Hull will attract much of the attention at Kingsbarns from an expected 50,000 crowd then Lexi Thompson will also be under scrutiny for her ball marking.
The American lost the ANA Inspiration to So Yeon Ryu in a play-off after being hit with a four-shot penalty for replacing her marked ball incorrectly.
“It was a bit harsh, four shots,” said Hull. “You always have to be careful but it was just an accident. I don’t think she moved it on purpose.”
Source : EXPRESS