Free-spirited Hull back for more Solheim Cup fun


Charley Hull at the 2013 Solheim Cup. (Getty Images)

ST. LEON-ROT, Germany – Charley Hull was introduced to an American audience two years ago at the Solheim Cup outside Denver.

It was there where a then 17-year-old, fresh-faced Hull compiled a 2-1 record for Europe, demolished American stalwart Paula Creamer, 5 and 4, in singles then promptly asked Creamer for an autograph.

From that moment, it was clear that the affable one from England was going to have a long, prosperous future in the Solheim Cup. Hull has a laid-back, carefree attitude when speaking with the press that often delivers terrific one-liners then follows it up with a game that is mature well beyond her 19 years.

People on both sides of the pond noticed.

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“I always get ‘you were great at Solheim’,” Hull said. “I think it gave me a big boost of confidence, as well. Definitely a lot of people knew me because of that.”

Hull is back for her second Solheim Cup this week. Although she hasn’t collected an LPGA victory, she did win a Ladies European Tour event last year and is No. 50 in the Rolex Rankings.

All of that aside, Hull keeps going back to that one week two years ago, when Europe won its second consecutive Solheim Cup.

“It really set the standards for me, I felt,” Hull said. “I felt more comfortable knowing that I can beat some of the best players in the world at the time. It gave me a lot of confidence.

“Everyone, like, figured out that I was pretty good after that instead of doubting me, if you know what I’m saying.”

Europe never doubted Hull, not even for a second. As Hull met with the media on Tuesday here at St. Leon-Rot, veteran Suzann Pettersen sat alongside her young teammate with a smirk knowing that, at any given moment, there was potential for Hull to put her foot in her mouth.

But in the end, Pettersen only delivered high praise.

“She's got a great game, fantastic game,” Pettersen, 34, said. “She hits it far. She's a good ball-striker, she's got a great touch, great short game. She's fun to be around. I just wish I was that age again.”