Hull's late rally comes up short at ANA


RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – Charley Hull made a hard run at winning her first major championship Sunday at the ANA Inspiration.

Burying a 15-foot birdie at the last, Hull looked like she might get herself into a playoff with Lydia Ko and Ariya Jutanugarn, but Ko stole the final scene with a birdie at the last to win.

Still, Hull left Mission Hills with her best finish in a major championship. The 20-year-old Englishwoman tied for second with In Gee Chun.

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Hull birdied five of the final 10 holes.

“I'm happy because I played some great golf on that back nine,” Hull said. “I know I can play well under pressure now, when I have to get it going. So, it kind of helps me with that, making birdies when you're down. That’s what I kind of did out there today. I'm happy I holed that putt on the last, and I'm proud of myself.

“Lydia hit a great shot into the last, and she should be proud of herself.”