Hull vows to bury tantrums
AN embarrassed Katherine Hull promised there would be no repeat of her club-slamming tantrums of last week when she chases her second victory in the Ladies Masters at Royal Pines starting today.
Hull was caught on TV twice throwing her club into the ground and whacking it angrily against her golf bag during her final round at the Australian Women's Open at Commonwealth Golf Club as her frustrations got the better of her.
She shot a disappointing final round 76 to finish 11 shots adrift of winner Yani Tseng in a share of seventh. Hull had been within six strokes of the lead after the third round. The 2009 Masters champion, who also admitted she was like a boiling kettle after her first round last Thursday, admitted she was disappointed with herself for letting her fiery nature get the better of her at the national Open.
“That's going to be a one-off, I am not planning on repeating that,” said the 28 year-old Sunshine Coast professional. “I actually got a DVD copy of it to see Thursday's round. It wasn't pretty. It's not an example I want to set and it doesn't help my golf.”
Hull, whose career earnings on the US Tour are close to $US3 million ($A2.96 million), said she had not put on a display of anger like she did in the Open before.
“I was disappointed,” said Hull, who's set her sights on finishing top five on the LPGA money list this year. “It's just part of my personality. I'm very competitive and I have a little fire in my belly.
“I'm like a kettle that is at boiling point and it just comes out. I've got some (swing) answers in the last few days but it's always going to be a work in progress.“
While Hull said she would not repeat her shameful display this week, she said her emotions would still be there.
“I can't try to be super quiet because that would be suppressing who I am, but obviously I can't get carried away,” she said.
Fond memories of playing Royal Pines as a junior and of her commanding five-shot win in the tournament in 2009 give Hull confidence she can beat newly-promoted world No.2 Tseng and Royal Pines course specialist Karrie Webb.
As usual, Webb, who has won the tournament a record seven times, reminded her rivals she was around and looking for an eighth title.
“I always set out to be in the mix on Sunday and most people know if I am up there, I won't be going away,“ said the Queenslander.
Britain's Laura Davies, a three-time victor at Royal Pines and winner of four majors, found some of her old putting magic during her pro-am round yesterday with former Australian wicketkeeper Ian Healy.
Davies had “six or seven birdies” in her pro-am round.
“Six or seven birdies a day would be nice, but it still might not be enough to beat K. Webb around here,” she said.
Taiwan's Tseng, who romped away with last week's Women's Open in Melbourne, is the favourite to win and push her claims to overtake Korean Jiyai Shin as world No.1.