WHILST ARGUMENTS still rage over quite what Rory McIlroy has to do to become the winner of the BBC sport’s personality of the year award- presumably win all four majors in a calendar year- there was some excellent and richly deserved news regarding a golfing phenomenon in the women’s game. Charley Hull has won the European Order of Merit, aged just 18, after finishing fifth at the Dubai Ladies Masters.
Hull’s triumph was down entirely to her own efforts rather than votes received from viewers of a television station that only shows live golf once a year. She won the Lalla Meryem Cup tournament in Morocco and finished runner-up in both the Sanya Ladies Open and the Ladies German Open, bringing her annual earnings to £263,096 just a year after she was named LPGA Rookie of the Year.
To celebrate she gave herself Christmas Day off this year, as she normally spends at least some of the day practising. She says, ‘I did last year and I did in previous years, but I don’t think I’m going to this year because I’m 18 and I can drink.’
There won’t be many glasses raised, however, as she will be back on the range again on Boxing Day. But we should most certainly raise our glasses to this prodigious, young talent and wish here every success during 2015. There will most certainly be a lot more to come, even if it might not be sufficient to impress the Formula One obsessed audience of the BBC.