European Women’s Series: Chiara Noja dazzles Charley Hull in playoff to win Aramco Team Series – Jeddah | Golf news

Chiara Noja posts round 65 of the day and birdies both playoff holes to claim maiden win on Women’s European Tour; Overnight leader Charley Hull finishes second, Nicole Garcia third and also wins the team race

Last updated: 12/11/22 1:53 PM

Charley Hull narrowly missed out on a fourth European Women's Tour

Charley Hull narrowly missed out on a fourth European Women’s Tour

Charley Hull narrowly missed out on victory in the Aramco Team Series as 16-year-old Chiara Noja grabbed a dramatic play-off victory in Jeddah.

Overnight leader Hull shot a four-under 68 on the final day at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club to finish tied with Noja – who carded a 65 for the day – at 13 under.

The players returned to the par-5 18th for the playoff, where both players traded birdies before Noja clinched her maiden European Tour Women’s Championship title with a birdie on the second extra playoff hole.

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Noja opened with back-to-back birdies and eagled the par-5 fourth, with the teenager taking another shot at the seventh before birdying the next par-three.

The German youngster responded with three birdies in a four-hole stretch around the bend and went ahead when she holed a 20-footer at the 16th, though she stuttered slightly with a bogey at the next and failed to make the par-5 last.

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Hull had reached the turn at level par but came back into contention with four birdies in a five-hole stretch from the 13th, but at the final par she was tied with Noja after 54 holes.

The Englishman holed an eight-footer to match Noja’s two-putt birdie on the first extra hole, although she ran into the back of the green with her approach on the second extra hole after a near-bogey from the bogey for an albatross.

Charley Hull combined for five birdies with one bogey in each final round

Charley Hull combined for five birdies with one bogey in each final round

Hull couldn’t get up and down the green and missed his birdie attempt from 15 feet as Noja got to the green in two and two-putted for the winning birdie.

An eagle on the final hole saw Nicole Garcia shoot a five-under 67 to finish a stroke back in third ahead of Virginia Elena Carta, who carded a final-round 69, while Bronte Law shared fifth place on 10 under with Lee-Anne Pace. .

In the team competition, Team Garcia won in a playoff after Casandra Alexander birdied the first extra hole to defeat Team Wolf, led by Christine Wolf, after the teams had finished at 29 under after the first two rounds.

There is just one event left in the 2022 Women’s European Tour campaign, the season-ending Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de Espana live from 24-27. November on Sky Sports.

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