Hull sick, unable to start match against Japan

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Updated at 1:55 p.m. ET

GURNEE, Ill. – Charley Hull, who led England’s upset of the United States in Thursday’s start of the UL International Crown, was ill and unable to tee it up for the start of Friday’s fourball match against Japan.

Hull, 20, showed up early Friday to prepare to go out with Mel Reid, but she wasn’t able to warm up.

When Hull’s tee time came at 9:45 a.m. ET, she was too sick to play.


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“I am gutted that I was not able to play today,” Hull said in a statement. “I woke up feeling poorly with my asthma and a fever early this morning and sought medical attention when I arrived at the course. I really wanted to join my partner Mel at some point during the match, but at the advice of the medical team, the best thing to do was to rest and get healthy for my team for tomorrow.”

Reid started the match solo, with Hull being treated by a doctor in an ambulance near the clubhouse.

According to event rules, Hull could have rejoined the match in progress.

Hull was the star of Thursday’s fourballs, making six birdies and an eagle in teaming with Reid to defeat Americans Stacy Lewis and Gerina Piller, 2 and 1.