Hudson plans to follow in Fitzpatrick’s footsteps

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REBECCA HUDSON is hoping she can emulate Matt Fitzpatrick by performing well at the US Open just days after playing Wheatley Hills in Doncaster.

Hudson, 35, plays the women’s US Open for the first time after qualifying last month.

The tournament comes hot on the heels of the men’s major which was won on Sunday night by …

Sheffield teenager Fitzpatrick equipped himself admirably in what was his final tournament in the apprentice ranks before beginning life as a pro at Thursday’s Irish Open.

His last round of competitive in golf before he flew to Pinehurst, Carolina, was a Sheffield Union match at Wheatley Hills.

Hudson said: “It’s quite funny actually, because my last round on home soil was at Wheatley Hills.

“Hopefully I can fly the flag for Yorkshire and England as proudly as Matt did.”

Hudson was one of eight qualifiers for the US Open from the first ever European Ladies Tour qualifier, and as a playing member of the Tour’s board, representing the continent is foremost in her mind when she tees off at Pinehurst today.

“I’m going over there representing a very strong Ladies European Tour,” she said.

“There are bigger purses in America, but we’re doing a lot of work in Europe and have some fantastic golfers, and it’s up to the women players going over there this week to show why we won the last two Solheim Cups.”

“The experience of Pinehurst will be fantastic, following the men has never been done.

“The rain will have last night will have helped the men. We’d have liked the course to stay hard and then the rain comes to soften it up for us, because the men hit it so far and can control the ball a lot better.”

Hudson, who arrived at Pinehurst on Saturday and took in the final round of the men’s major after sharing the practice round with the third-round leaders in the morning, tees off confident that her game can hold up under the strain of a US Open.

“I feel I’m hitting it ok, I need to not be overawed with it being the US Open, I just need to go there and play a well as I know I can,” she said.