Golden girl Hull sets sights on Olympics
London - The British golfer came close to landing her first major earlier this month
Charley Hull has mixed feelings about her second-place finish at the women's major championship of 2016, describing it as a "missed opportunity" but also viewing her performance as a sizeable confidence boost.
The golden girl of British golf burst on to the stage in 2013 when, as the youngest player in the history of the Solheim Cup, the then 17-year-old won two of her three matches to inspire Europe to their first victory on US soil.
Hull's game has continued to progress since then and she came close to landing her first major earlier this month, ending in a share of second place, one stroke behind New Zealander Lydia Ko, in the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills, California.
"I look back and think it was a missed opportunity but I took a lot of confidence from it as well," the 20-year-old Englishwoman told Reuters in an interview held at Woburn.
"I'm buzzing for my next events. Ever since I came home I've been practising loads because I want to keep in form," added Hull. "The Olympics and the majors are definitely in my sights. The majors have always been my favourite tournaments and I get a buzz from them."
Golf will return to the Games in Rio de Janeiro in August after a 112-year absence and Hull wants the event to attract a new generation of players to the game. "It's definitely a big stepping stone," she said. "I just hope they continue it because I think it's great for the game.
"When I watch the Olympics I watch some sports I never normally watch so I'm hoping young kids will sit down in front of their TVs and watch the golf.
"Ever since I was young I've dreamed of winning majors so for me a major is the main thing but maybe kids of six or seven can now start dreaming of winning golf medals in the Olympics."