Hall & Dryburgh show grit to earn LPGA Tour cards

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British duo Georgia Hall and Gemma Dryburgh are celebrating after earning their LPGA Tour cards for the 2018 season.

Both passed the tough five-day test at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida, with flying colours and, along with 18 other players, secured playing rights from the 165-strong field.

For Hall, who was T133 after round one following a five-over-par 77, earning her LPGA Tour card marks the perfect end to a fantastic season.

Hall has already secured the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit ahead of this week’s season-ending Omega Dubai Ladies Classic with seven top 10s in nine starts. She also finished in a tie for third at the Ricoh Women’s British Open and was a standout performer for Europe at the 2017 Solheim Cup.

“To kind of finish the season off and get my LPGA Tour card, and I can plan for next year now,” she said. “I’m very happy actually – I can relax.”

Scot Dryburgh, meanwhile, joined Catriona Matthew as the only players from the Home of Golf on the LPGA Tour in 2018.

The Aberdonian, a member of Team Scottish Hydro in 2017, showed plenty grit and determination to close with a four-under-par 68 to move from outside the top 20 qualifying places ahead of the final round to finish T13.

“It means a lot,” said Dryburgh, who was a member of the 2014 Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup team. “I’ve been working really hard for this for a few years with my coach and my parents and everyone around me.

“I’m just really ecstatic to finally finish the five rounds this week and finish with a good round of 68.”

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