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Golf: Teenager Charley Hull tops European Order of Merit in Dubai

England’s Charley Hull won the European Order of Merit after finishing tied for fifth at the Dubai Ladies Masters.

The 18-year-old went into the final event of the season with a lead of £18,000 over Gwladys Nocera, and the French player could only tie for 11th.

Hull took her prize money for the year to £208,599 after 17 events, with Nocera on £184,965 in 20 tournaments.

China’s Shanshan Feng won the Dubai title by five strokes with a closing 70 that left her on 19 under par.

Spaniard Carlota Ciganda finished second, one shot clear of Caroline Masson of Germany in third.

Hull, from Kettering, was joined by compatriots Liz Young and Melissa Reid on 10 under, while Amy Boulden of Wales finished 24th to claim the Rookie of the Year award.

Twelve months ago it was Hull who won the rookie prize, and a meteoric rise has now seen her top the overall money list within a year.

“I think I wanted to do that because you only get one chance,” said Hull. “I’m happy.

“Gwladys is a good player. Just on the back nine today, I thought ‘don’t make any silly mistakes.’ I double bogeyed the first but got two birdies on the bounce back, so pretty happy with myself there.”

Hull was in contention after three rounds of the Women’s British Open in August but closed with a 78, and is looking to add a major title to her triumphs in 2015.

“I’ll just try to win a tournament each week – that would be brilliant,” she said.

“But Majors are something special, especially this year, coming close to my home tournament, I didn’t finish off on the last day.

“I think my putting let me down but now I’ve got that sussed.”

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Ladies Golf: Charley Hull on course to top European Order of Merit in Dubai

England’s Charley Hull will head into the final round of the season-ending Dubai Ladies Masters seven shots off the lead but on track to win the European Order of Merit.

Hull, 18, shot a third-round 69 to move to 10 under par, with Shanshan Feng of China leading on 17 under after a 66.

Melissa Reid of England surged into second place with a 65 that included seven birdies and no bogeys.

Hull leads France’s Gwlayds Nocera by £18,000 in the Order of Merit.

Nocera will begin the final day three behind Hull on seven under after two birdies in the final three holes helped her to a 71.

Hull had been keeping in touch with leader Feng until a bogey on the 11th was followed by a triple bogey on the 12th, but three birdies in the closing holes got the English player back on track.

“I’m actually really happy to be honest,” said Hull.

“I got off to a fast start and I was three under through 10 holes, and just lost a little bit of concentration for two holes.

“I fought back after making a triple and a bogey with three birdies after that, so I’m really proud of myself for doing that.”

Cheyenne Woods, the niece of 14-time major winner Tiger Woods, lost ground with a 72 that kept her at five under par.

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