Charley Hull edges to Ladies European Tour event win in Abu Dhabi

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Charley Hull poses with her trophy after taking the win in Abu Dhabi - Getty Images Europe
Charley Hull poses with her trophy after taking the win in Abu Dhabi - Getty Images Europe

England's Charley Hull held her nerve to claim a one-stroke victory at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi.

The 22-year-old from Kettering, the overnight leader, faced a battle with fellow English Solheim Cup player Jodi Ewart Shadoff, who dropped out of contention with two bogeys over the final three holes at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.

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Hull, ranked 24 in the world, had earlier seen her slender one-stroke advantage disappear following dropped shots at the third and the par-four 10th in the warm and breezy conditions.

However, an eagle at the par-five next pulled her back and victory was secured when she chipped out of the bunker on the 18th, putting to save par and sign for a 69, eight under for the tournament.

Norway's Marianne Skarpnord took second place after a round of 68, missing a birdie chance at the last.

<span>Hull won the Order of Merit in 2014</span> <span>Credit: Getty Images </span>
Hull won the Order of Merit in 2014 Credit: Getty Images

Shadoff, chasing a first Ladies European Tour title, moved into a share of the lead on the 14th after a run of birdies, but in the end had to settle for a five-way share of third place, five shots off the winner, following a one-over 73.

Hull, winner of the Order of Merit in 2014, was glad to have made such an impact at the start of the new campaign.

"Hopefully I can get a few more wins this year and I've been practising really hard so it shows that my hard work is paying off," the Englishwoman said.

"I'm very happy with my round. I left a lot of putts out there today, but it's hard to putt when it's windy like this.

"It was quite tricky (on the 18th) and I made the putt, so it feels really good to be back in the winner's circle again."

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