Charley Hull, cigarette-smoking golfer, goes viral at US Open

English professional golfer Charley Hull was inspired by PGA Tour star John Daly while signing autographs at the US Women’s Open.

Hull, who is ranked No. 8 in the LPGA world rankings, had a cigarette in her mouth as she greeted fans at Lancaster Country Club in Pennsylvania, as seen in photos and videos that made the rounds on social media as the New York Post reported.

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Nelly Korda, the LPGA Tour’s top-ranked female golfer, pulled up the photo on her phone and showed it to Hull and fellow golfer Megan Khang, prompting a moment of laughter from the trio on the course.

There was a heated debate on social media, with many golf fans giving mixed opinions on X.

“Charley Hull breaks a radiator while signing autographs. Legend,” wrote one user on the platform.

“Dude she just lit up in front of me,” another person wrote, attaching a photo of Hull with a cigarette during the US Women’s Open.

“To be honest, not a great performance in front of young fans,” said another.

“Let them live their lives. Not all people are chain smokers. I can buy a pack of cigarettes that will literally last two or three months,” read another comment.

Elsewhere, a fan on the U.S. women’s team said in a video posted by Golf.com: “This is John Daly.”

Daly, a two-time major winner, is known for lighting cigarettes during tournaments.

Daly, 58, consumed two packs of cigarettes during the first round of the PGA Championship earlier this month at the Valhalla Golf Course in Louisville, Kentucky, as The athlete.

Daly withdrew from the tournament before the second round on May 17 – the same day that world number one Scottie Scheffler was arrested outside Valhalla as he attempted to enter the court.

Hull was spotted walking around with what appeared to be a cigarette in her hand at the Mizuho Americas Open in Jersey City, New Jersey, earlier this month. Korda won the tournament by one stroke over Australia’s Hannah Green.

The 28-year-old Hull has won the Ladies European Tour three times and the LPGA Tour twice.

She picked up a golf club for the first time at the age of two and turned professional in 2013 – the same year she won the Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year award.

Hull was diagnosed with ADHD last year and explained how she uses fitness to manage her symptoms.

“When I feel like I’m not feeling well, I go to the gym,” Hull said in an interview with Sky Sports in April.

“I decided not to take any medication because I feel I can handle it on my own.

“Routine is the most important thing for me. That’s why my job works so well because my days have a regular structure.

Hull, who has over 434,000 followers on Instagram, is interested in fashion and describes her style as “uncompromising.”

The 2024 US Women’s Open begins on Thursday (Friday) and runs until June 2.

This article originally appeared in the New York Post and was reproduced with permission

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