England’s Charley Hull claimed the Ladies European Tour’s Rolex Rookie of the Year award with her finish Saturday at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.
Hull, 17, the youngest member of the LET this season, closed with a 1-under-par 71 to finish eighth at Emirates Golf Club. That was good to secure the award in a tight race with fellow Englishwoman Holly Clyburn, who finished 39th in Dubai. The rookie honor is based on money winnings. Hull (135,994 euros) finished sixth in the ISPS Handa Order of Merit with Clyburn (116,100) finishing seventh.
Though Hull didn’t win in her rookie season, she started her LET professional career with five consecutive second-place finishes. She made a name for herself internationally with a strong performance helping the Europeans win the Solheim Cup for the first time on American soil earlier this season.
Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn was running away with the rookie award before hurting her shoulder at the Wegmans LPGA Championship in June. She missed the rest of the season. Ariya's sister, Moriya, was the LPGA Rolex Rookie of the Year this season.