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Hull could bypass Q-School with win

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RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – English Solheim Cup star Charley Hull says she’s ready to play the LPGA now, and she plans to go to Q-School in the fall in a bid to join the tour next year.

She might not have to go.

With a 6-under-par 66 Saturday, Hull put herself in contention at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, moving just two shots behind co-leaders Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson.

If Hull wins Sunday, she can claim a two-year exemption to join the tour.

Hull, 18, was signed up for LPGA Q-School last year but withdrew, deciding she wasn’t quite ready as a 17-year-old. She won her first LET event last month and believes she’s ready now.

“I didn't want to go to Q-School last year, because, first of all, I would have missed some events on the LET,” Hull said. “Second of all, I was really enjoying my friends and stuff at home, just being a kid, going out and going to parties and stuff. I didn’t want to miss that, living over here full time, because I was still 17. I still wanted my childhood in a way. I've got another 20 or hopefully 30 years of playing golf.”

Hull has sponsor exemptions to play the LPGA’s Swinging Skirts and Kingsmill Championship events over the next week. She’s eligible for four more sponsor exemptions.