“I’ll try my best out there but you know it’s a pretty tough course. I played nine holes yesterday. It’s not going to be easy – not 10-under-par every day.
With three professional titles this year already, and a third-place finish at the Marathon Classic last week, Ko is on top of her game. However, she has only played once in Scotland, finishing tied 40th and joint leading amateur with Georgie Hall at the 2013 Ricoh Women’s British Open at St Andrews.
“It’s good to be back on a links course. Last time I played links golf was a year ago at Royal Birkdale during the Women’s Open,” said 19-year-old Hull.“It’s a bit colder than I would like it to be. The course is nice. It’s quite strange though. The greens are very receptive and it’s quite hard to play the bump and run shots from the little run off areas as they are so receptive. It’s tricky. You can’t pitch it 20, 30 yards short and let it run up.”
The duo have played together a number of times, but Hull has more experience on links courses, winning a national tournament at nearby Turnberry at the age of nine.
Lydia Ko and Charley Hull resume their friendly rivalry as the teenagers are paired together in the opening rounds of the Aberdeen Asset Management Ladies Scottish Open at Dundonald Links.