England’s Charley Hull triumphs in Texas to end the six-year wait for the LPGA title

England’s Charley Hull ended a six-year wait for a second LPGA Tour title on Sunday by repelling Xiyu Lin’s challenge at the Volunteers of America Classic in Texas.

Hull’s eight birdies and just one bogey put them 17 under par overall, although there was almost a late turn when Lin caught the penultimate hole to reach it in one shot.

But the Chinese were unpredictable with a 20-foot birdie putt on the last that, had it gone in, would have forced a playoff after Hull settled for par, having had a tougher chance at a win moments before had missed.

The 26-year-old was sprayed with champagne and hugged by compatriot Georgia Hall after her victory on the 18th green – her first at the LPGA circuit since winning the CME Group Tour Championship in November 2016.

Happy to share the moment with Hall, the 2018 Open champion, Hull said at a press conference afterwards: “It was just really cool.

“Having seen her win the British Open it’s a boost and it’s good how we can push each other. We hang out a lot off the course so it’s just good.”

Hull is only the sixth English golfer to have two or more LPGA Tour wins, along with Hall, Laura Davies, Alison Nicholas, Trish Johnson and Karen Stupples.

Despite being her first win of the year, she has made 12 of 17 cuts and this was her fifth top 10 finish, including a third place finish at the Amundi Evian Championship in France in July.

Hull said: “I’m very proud of myself. I’ve boosted my confidence and can’t wait to keep playing and hopefully getting some wins.

“I feel like I know what it takes to win now, I kind of reminded myself. I’m looking forward to it and can’t wait.”

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Mike Fahey

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