$198,000 Classic cheque; Hull rallies to one-stroke triumph for second LPGA tour victory.

October 12, 2010

AUSTRALIA'S Katherine Hull rallied to secure a one-stroke victory at the Navistar Classic yesterday for her second LPGA Tour win.

The Queenslander, who had just one bogey all tournament, pulled ahead with a birdie on the par-5 17th and finished with a par for a 5-under 67 to claim a one-stroke victory over American Brittany Lincicome. It was a successful day for Australians at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Capitol Hill complex, with Lindsey Wright shooting a course-record 63 to gain a share of fifth spot with Korea's Amy Yang andSouth Korea's Se Ri Pak.

After opening with a 68, Hull, who also won the 2008 Canadian Women's Open, fired three straight bogey-free 67s to finish at 19-under, breaking Mexico's Lorena Ochoa's tournament record from last year.

aIt's actually really validating,a said Hull, who began the round three strokes behind American Cristie Kerr.


aI feel like my game's the best it's ever been, and I know it's going to get better, too.

aI think I've always struggled to try to put four good rounds together and I was able to do that this week.a

On the par-4 18th, Hull missed the fairway to the left and was faced with a challenging lie, but she hit her approach on the green, 50 feet from the hole.

Her birdie attempt stopped five feet short and she saved par for the victory and $US195,000 ($A198,000) first-place cheque.

aI would have liked a tap-in, for sure,a Hull said.

aPutting is the best part of my game, so (I was) glad to see it drop.a

Lincicome closed with a 65.

aYou know, 65 on the final day, that's pretty cool,a Lincicome said.

Lincicome was the first to congratulate Hull, running on to the green and spraying her with a victory beer.

aIt's a little overwhelming,a Hull said. aIt probably won't hit meuntil later. You just get so focused on executing and just finishingthat you don't think about anything else.a

Kerr shot a 72 to tie for third at 17-under with South Korea's Na Yeon Choi (69). a AP