Abu Dhabi: Love is very much in the air at the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club where the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open gets underway from today.
England’s Georgia Hall has landed with her boyfriend and caddie Harry and is aiming to go one step further with the knight in shining armour by her side.
“This is the first time he [Harry] is the caddie for me for this event. He is going to caddie for the rest of the events as well. Hopefully, I can manage to get my first win with him,” said a blushing Hall, her eyes cast on her love who was seated on the adjacent table.
Hall was of the view that Harry plays the sport and is well aware of its nitty-gritties and can read her well. It’s a big boost to have him around on course.
“Harry does know his golf and sometimes when I get stressed you know he can calm me down. That’s more important for a caddie. He very well knows what I’m like and that’s the main thing to keep me calm around the greens,” said the 21-year-old, who earlier this year even had experienced Australian caddie Brad Beecher on her bag as a one-off at the Evian Championship, the final Major of the year in France, replacing her father, Wayne, who had been caddying since the US Women’s Open.
Hall, at the capital, last year had fired a third round of 67 to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the inaugural event last time round. Though she was slightly off the mark in the final round and eventually lost to American Beth Allen by three strokes, the T2 finish was her career best.
“I would say everything came together this year. Maybe I’m a lot happier. Throughout the year, I played a lot of events and I think that helped consistent-wise,” revealed Hall, who made giant strides this year since turning professional three years ago. She featured in Europe’s Solheim Cup team in August, and is on a roll with six top-10 finishes from eight appearances. She also made a hard run at winning the Ricoh Women’s British Open in August, ultimately tying for third at Kingsbarns in Scotland.
“Ya, definitely Solheim Cup was massive for me and then coming third at the British Open. I got paid for my consistency this year and had a lot of good finishes. So I’m very happy with the way things went this season,” said Hall adding that people have slowly started to recognise her on the streets back home following her achievements this year.
“People do recognise me. Yes, especially even when I’m not wearing my golf clothes which is different from the previous years. That feels nice,” said Hall, who was confident that her experience of last year at Saadiyat will prove vital to win her maiden title here.
“I was leading into the last round and shot three under which I played quite well. Then Beth [Allen] joined the course record and I couldn’t do much. Hopefully, this time round I can go one step further. I’ll definitely give my best shot.”