Defending champion Georgia Hall revealed her Women's British Open trophy was stolen while in London recently

Where’s Pickles when you need him? Georgia Hall could do with sport’s most famous dog after she revealed on her replica Women’s British Open trophy was stolen from her car.

The Englishwoman, who won the title in 2018, was on her way to have the trophy engraved with all the previous champions’ names when she stopped off in London for about an hour around lunchtime.

Having left her prized possession in the boot of her car along with a set of golf clubs, the rear window of the vehicle was smashed and the trophy was taken.

The defending champion said that there was no CCTV in the area and she has been unable to track down the item, joking that the criminals have “probably melted it down”.

She added: “I don’t know if they knew it was me or not because it was in the box and I had golf clubs in there too which they didn’t take.

“It’s a bit strange.

“I was very upset, I was on my own at the time and nothing like that has happened to me before so I was a bit scared.”

“I feel a bit silly for having it in the car. Maybe I should have taken it out but some things happen in life and you just have to get on with it.”

It was confirmed by the organisers that the trophy sat on the table in the press conference room was the original and that Hall’s replica would be replaced.

The 23-year-old also confirmed she has ended her three-year working relationship with coach Daniel Grieve.

She said: “I’m a very simple person and player and things were just getting a little bit too confusing for me in my own head.

“I’m trying to think as little a possible about my swing. I’ve become a little bit too technical which really isn’t me at all and I was just trying to perfect things too much when my swing is actually just good on its own.”

Joe Hughes

Tour editor covering men's golf, women's golf and anything else that involves the word golf, really. The talk is far better than the game, but the work has begun to change that.

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