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Hull secures first Ladies title aged 17

ESPN staff
March 16, 2014
Charley Hull has had five runner-up finishes this season © Getty Images

England's Charley Hull closed with a nine-under 62 and won a play-off on the first extra hole on the Ladies European Tour for her first professional victory, one week before her 18th birthday.

The win in the Lalla Meryem Cup completed an amazing year for the teenager. She had five runner-up finishes, became the youngest member of Europe's winning Solheim Cup team and was rookie of the year on the tour.

Hull rallied from five shots behind against Gwladys Nocera of France in the final round at Golf de l'Ocean.

Nocera three-putted the par-3 18th for bogey and a 67 that allowed for a play-off. Returning to the 18th, Hull hit a tee shot to four feet for birdie. Nocera missed her birdie attempt from 15 feet.

"I shot nine under today which is pretty good and I thought I had it on the last in my actual 18th hole and it just missed," Hull told LadiesEuropeanTour.com. "Then making birdie in the play-off to win it, my hands were shaking like mad. I had a putt from four feet in the Solheim down the last.

"I had the same there to win and I did it and I feel like I'm a good putter under pressure now.

"With three holes to play I finished birdie, birdie, par and nearly birdied the last hole so it just slipped away. I never backed down and I got there, I got my first win while I was still 17, I'm 18 next week so I'm really happy. I love Morocco. I was here last year and played well here again."

This article originally appeared on ESPN.com

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