‘We are still boyfriend and girlfriend on the course but we stay focused on golf’



Hall, now ranked at 53 in the world, explains that working together as a couple, rather than causing tension, actually soothes her nerves and gives her greater clarity of thought. This, she believes comes down to their contrasting personalities.

“Sometimes, I think he is a bit too laid-back but I think I can be a bit too much the other way, I think I need to relax more,” she admits. “Harry definitely helps me as I need someone more relaxed.

“We are still boyfriend and girlfriend on the course but we just stay focused on the golf. I think it is lovely that I have someone I know so well and wants the best for me. He truly wants me to play well and I know he is someone I can speak to as I do get a bit stressed at times. I think that is important.”

Now that Hall is back playing the US, it is more important than ever to have that support, given how isolating life can be on tour. “I think it is a team effort – people forget sometimes how much we travel and how much time we spend out on the course. I think it can get very lonely if you are on your own.

“That is another reason why it is great to have Harry with me because if I have to travel 18 hours on the plane, he can help me. But it is more than that, it is about having company in the evenings. That is very important so I don’t feel so alone.”

The LPGA can lay a strong claim – along with the WTA tennis circuit – to being the most sophisticated set-up in professional women’s sport when it comes to finances, marketing and the profile of its athletes – especially in the US and Asia. The Tour’s commissioner Mike Whan often describes the LPGA players as being akin to entrepreneurs, pointing out that if a player misses the cut, she will not get paid any prize money. With sponsorship deals still relatively low – even for a star like Hall – financial management is key.

Hall has banked almost £1million in prize money since leaving the relatively low-paid European Tour for America, but she believes her “normal” upbringing – her father was a plasterer while her mother, Samantha, worked as a hairdresser – has given her perspective on her earning potential. 

After winning the Open in 2018, which was her first LPGA title, she recounted the sacrifices her parents made when she was younger, including golf-mad Wayne selling his clubs to fund one trip to a far-flung tournament.



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