Alison Lee and Charley Hull will forever be linked by their roles in last fall’s controversial phantom concession at the Solheim Cup, but they’ve moved on.
There was no reminiscing in Thursday’s first round of the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic in the LPGA’s season opener.
They were too busy making birdies racing to the top of the leaderboard.
Lee and Hull each shot 5-under-par 68 to move into a share of a seven-way tie for the lead.
Four months ago, they were linked in a Solheim Cup blowup after the American Lee scooped up a putt in a fourballs match thinking she heard the Europeans concede it. It led to a furor over sportsmanship with Europe’s Suzann Pettersen and Hull holding Lee to the rules, with the controversy motivating the Americans to a historic Sunday singles comeback.
So did the Solheim Cup even come up in their pairing together Thursday?
“It actually didn't,” Lee said. “We talked a lot about our stories, like she told me stories from over break about when she was back home, and I told her stories from like back at school and stuff. We're like similar age and like to have fun.”
They had a lot of fun on the Ocean Club course with Hull, 19, playing a bogey-free round in the afternoon’s heavy winds and Lee, 20, enjoying a more adventurous round, making six birdies, an eagle and three bogeys.