Hull (2 back) sticking to her regular routine


RIO DE JANEIRO – Charley Hull has never met Justin Rose, didn’t see Sunday’s duel between the Englishman and Henrik Stenson for the men’s gold medal at the Olympics and is trying to treat this week like any other tournament.

On Thursday at the Olympic Golf Club the Englishwoman pulled to within two strokes of the lead with a second-round 66 that included three consecutive birdies to close her round.

“I enjoy it. It's a lot of fun. I just approach this week as any other week though, mentally as coming into the golf,” said Hull, who is 8 under par for the week and trails South Korea's Inbee Park and American Stacy Lewis.

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Rose has been celebrated across Great Britain for his victory on Sunday and Hull is poised to make it a clean sweep for Team GB in golf.

Hull, 20, already has a decorated career representing her country, having played on two European Solheim Cup teams and going 4-1-0 in 2015 at the matches.

This week, although unique for all the players involved, is not unlike most tournaments, Hull said.

“I'm kind of representing my country every week I feel like when I'm playing, but this week, you know you're a part of the team, so it's good fun,” she said.