Minjee Lee blew a five-shot lead to Charlie Hull before rallying to win the Kroger Queen City Championship. Hull will be part of Susan Petersen’s Solheim Cup squad for Team Europe at Finca Cortsen in Spain, live from September 22-24 on Sky Sports Golf.
Last updated: 11/09/23 10:11 PM
England’s Charlie Hull lost agonizingly in a playoff as Minjie Lee cruised to victory at the Kruger Queen City Championships in Ohio.
Charlie Hull is relishing the prospect of a historic third consecutive Solheim Cup for Team Europe later this month after once again narrowly missing out on an LPGA Tour win.
The Englishwoman was five shots behind Minji Lee with eight holes left to play at the Kroger Queen City Championship on Sunday, only to produce a thrilling attack down the back nine to force a playoff.
Hull undid a birdie on the 11th by dropping a shot the next day, as Lee made double bogey to see her lead cut to three, before three consecutive birdies from the 14th moved her alongside her playing partner on 16 under.
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Hull’s stunning putt from the back of the green on the first extra hole was millimeters away from completing a dramatic victory, and stalled next to the pin, before Lee sealed the win with a birdie putt on the second playoff hole.
Hull’s second-place finish comes on the heels of runner-up finishes at the US Women’s Open and AIG Women’s Open this summer, with the 27-year-old now focused on making a sixth consecutive Solheim Cup appearance for Team Europe.
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“I’m looking forward to Solheim,” Hull said. “I’m looking forward to putting in some work next week with my coach and getting at it again and finishing the season.
“Susan [Pettersen] He will be a great leader. She’s one of my favorite players to ever play the game, so it’s pretty cool. I hope you’re on the team.”
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Hull’s second-place finish is her third in as many months on the LPGA Tour and fifth in the world since her last win on the Ascendent LPGA last October, with former Women’s European Tour player Sophie Walker impressed by her progress in recent seasons.
“The biggest credit I can say about Charlie at the moment is her reliability,” Walker told the Sky Sports Golf podcast. “The kid can’t stop coming in second, that’s the annoying thing! She’s had three seconds in the last few months and you’re wondering when she’ll actually get that win.
“I’ve had the lights out all week, so it didn’t really surprise me that the putt in the playoff looked a bit like Tiger Woods’ moment on August 16 at Augusta.
“I’ve always loved watching Charlie Hall but now you can see there’s more calm in the approach. I followed her at the AIG Women’s Open and there were a lot of looks towards the target, especially on tee shots.
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“She seems to have solved that problem – she gets an early look and then stays completely still on the ball for what seems like a longer period of time. I think that’s better than getting a lot of the looks she’s been doing.”
“She’s in the top 10 in the world and having one of her best seasons on the LPGA Tour. The AIG Women’s Open was a fairytale and everyone was thinking ‘here we go,’ but Lilia Fu played much better than Charlie.” And he won.
European Solheim Cup captain Susanne Petersen told the Sky Sports Golf Podcast that the best aspect of the tournament was how the players raised their standards and created incredible moments.
“I just think women’s golf needs someone like Charlie Hull, and they’ve got it now. You have to watch it when it’s on Sky Sports because it’s topping the box office.”
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