Last week at the Amundi Evian Championship, Georgia Hall fired a 6-under 65 to finish inside the top-10 at the year’s fourth major and she appears to have carried that good form with her to the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open. Hall carded a 66 on Thursday at Dundonald Links, carding seven birdies and one bogey and hitting 10 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens. The 65 marks her lowest opening-round score in any LPGA Tour event since 2018.
“Very happy with how I played today,” said the 2018 AIG Women’s Open champion. “Everything was pretty good. Didn't really miss a shot and managed to hole some good putts. Really happy and enjoying playing links golf again. Any time in the morning you know that you're probably going to have the easiest condition, and I tried to take advantage of that. I think it's going to be the same actually all day today. Will see what tomorrow afternoon, what the weather brings then.”
This is Hall’s sixth appearance in the Trust Golf Women’s Scottish Open and her best finish is a tie for ninth that came in 2017, the last time this tournament was held at Dundonald Links. So far this season, she has four top-15 finishes, including last week’s top-10, and ranks fourth in putting average (28.90) and 11th in putts per green in regulation (1.76). Ahead of the first round, Hall gave credit to a tip given to her by Rory McIlroy at the Celebration of Champions at the 150th Open as the reason why she’s been putting so well. McIlroy suggested that Hall again start using a line on her golf ball when putting, and considering she averaged 28 putts per round last week in France and needed just 27 putts on Thursday in Ayrshire, that tip seems to be working well.
“I started using a line on the golf ball last week for the first time in a couple of years because (Rory and I) briefly spoke about that and I putted probably the best I have this year. So I'm going to continue to do that,” she said Wednesday. “It's just nice to get some inside information as well and speak to someone who has done it all.”