Teenager Charley Hull tops European Order of Merit in Dubai

Charley Hull
Dubai Ladies Masters final leaderboard
-19 S Feng (Chn); -14 C Ciganda (Spa); -13 C Masson (Ger); -12 A Nordqvist (Swe); -10 L Young (Eng), M Jorgensen (Den), C Hull (Eng), N Broch Larsen (Nor), M Reid (Eng)
Selected: -8 G Nocera (Fra)

England's Charley Hull has become the youngest winner of the European Order of Merit after finishing tied for fifth at the Dubai Ladies Masters.

The 18-year-old went into the final event of the season with a lead of £18,000 over Gwladys Nocera, and the French player could only tie for 11th.

Hull took her prize money for the year to £208,599 after 17 events, with Nocera on £184,965 in 20 tournaments.

Shanshan Feng won the Dubai title by five strokes.

The Chinese player closed with a 70 that left her on 19 under par.

Spaniard Carlota Ciganda finished five shots behind in second, one shot clear of Caroline Masson of Germany in third.

Hull, from Kettering, was joined by compatriots Liz Young and Melissa Reid on 10 under, while Amy Boulden of Wales finished 24th to claim the Rookie of the Year award.

Twelve months ago it was Hull who won the rookie prize, and a meteoric rise has now seen her top the overall money list within a year.

"I think I wanted to do that because you only get one chance," said Hull. "I'm happy.

Charley Hull's rapid rise
Aged nine: Won the UK National Ladies' Championships at Turnberry
Aged 10: Played with Morgan Pressel in British Open Pro-Am
Aged 14: Highest-ranked English female amateur golfer in the world
Aged 16: Won her singles match against Lindy Duncan as part of the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team in 2012
Aged 17: Made her professional debut, played in the Solheim Cup, won her first tournament and name Rookie of the Year on the Ladies European Tour
Aged 18: Finishes top of the Order of Merit on the European Tour

"Gwladys is a good player. Just on the back nine today, I thought 'don't make any silly mistakes.' I double bogeyed the first but got two birdies on the bounce back, so pretty happy with myself there."

Hull was in contention after three rounds of the Women's British Open in August but closed with a 78, and is looking to add a major title to her triumphs in 2015.

"I'll just try to win a tournament each week - that would be brilliant," she said.

"But Majors are something special, especially this year, coming close to my home tournament, I didn't finish off on the last day.

"I think my putting let me down but now I've got that sussed."

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