It was a slow start out of the gate by Charley Hull at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give. But the 25-year-old from England stepped on the gas to shoot 7-under par 65 in round one at Blythefield Country Club.
The performance was highlighted by two eagles coming at No. 14, the Aon Risk Reward Challenge hole, and No. 18.
“I hit a good drive [on 14], and like a little draw 4-iron into the green. Holed 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 into I think like 10-15 feet and holed it.
“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’m hitting my irons well. Been working hard on my game the last few weeks.”
With rain expected overnight in Belmont, Mich., Hull may be the only player rooting for it to carry over into the morning wave on Friday. She has good reason, however. Her native England squares off against Scotland at 3 p.m. ET in the Group Stage of UEFA Euro 2020. Hull starts on No. 10 tee tomorrow at 12:48 p.m. local time.
“Hopefully it gets a delay and then I can watch England—Scotland football tomorrow,” Hull said. “It is always good when England is playing. Pubs at home are a lot of fun. I 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 going, especially when it's bad weather coming in. It's very scorable golf course so I'm looking forward to tomorrow.”