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EDMONTON, ALBERTA (AP) - Charley Hull returned to work Tuesday, a New York Yankees baseball cap on her head and the British flag on her golf bag.
The 17-year-old made headlines and raised expectations on both sides of the Atlantic with a brilliant performance in the European victory Sunday over the Americans at the Solheim Cup.
“I’ve always aimed high, so I’m not really bothered by anyone’s expectations. It’s what I think and what I want to do,” said the golfer from Kettering, England.
“I didn’t feel it (the pressure) as much as I thought I would. I felt like it was just another game of golf, you know,” Hull said.
“The crowds were really, really big. People can find them intimidating, so I just kind of tried to trick my mind (to shut the crowds out) and go out and play my own game.”
Hull, who turned pro in March, will play in Edmonton as a sponsor exemption. However, she has already received permission from the LPGA to play on tour before she turns 18.
She’ll participate in the second stage of Q-school in October, and if all goes well she will be on tour starting Jan. 1.
She has already been tearing up the courses on the Ladies European tour, with five runner-up finishes. But she says she wants to tee it up with the best.
“I want to get on the LPGA,” she said. “Everything seems bigger. The players are better. It’s just playing in front of bigger crowds more, so it’s more fun.”
Hull has already made an impression by not standing out. She has not courted sponsors in order to avoid distractions.
Her red and black Titleist golf bag is a monument to minimalism. Aside from her name, there is little to distinguish it _ no puppet heads or cutesy club covers.
“That’s not me,” she said.
The only personalized item is a fist-sized stuffed heart hanging on the side, wrapped in the flag of Britain.
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