My trophy’s been stolen! Georgia Hall devastated by theft of Women’s British Open silverware from her car on the eve of her title defence
- Georgia Hall had previously said she’d never removed trophy from under bed
- But when she did, the Women’s British Open trophy was stolen from her car
- ‘My clubs were in the boot, but they left those, it was all a bit strange’, she said
Georgia Hall must have wished she had never removed her replica Women’s British Open trophy from under her bed. On the eve of her title defence, she came up with a jaw-dropping revelation as to what happened next when she did take it out from under the mattress.
‘It got stolen from my car,’ she revealed. In Monday’s Sportsmail, following a recent exclusive interview, the 23-year-old had sheepishly confessed where she had kept the trophy.
‘I didn’t want it on show while I was travelling a lot,’ she explained. Turns out her worries were well-founded.
Georgia Hall is ready to defend her title but her trophy replica from last year has been stolen
‘The trophy was in the boot of my car and it was only going to be there for an hour, before I handed it over to get my name put on it,’ she explained.
‘The car had tinted windows, it was the middle of the day in Chiswick, but they just smashed the back window and took it. My golf clubs were in the boot as well, but they left those, so it was all a bit strange.
‘There was no CCTV and the police haven’t been able to find it. It’s probably been melted down by now.’
If it is any consolation to Hall, she joins an all-too long list of famous sportsmen and women who have had their trophies stolen. Pete Sampras lost most of his trophies in a burglary in 2010. Just last year, Welshman Geraint Thomas had his Tour de France trophy stolen.
Hall had kept the trophy under her bed but it was stolen from the boot of her car
‘It was very upsetting,’ said Hall. ‘I was on my own and nothing like this had happened to me before, so it was scary. And then you start to feel silly having it in the car. Maybe I should have taken it out. But at the end of the day things like this happen in life and you just have to get on with it.’
The incident underlines why the original major trophies are rarely let out of the sight of the organisers. Players are given an exact replica and a spokesperson for the tournament confirmed that Hall will be presented with another in due course.
‘The original is kept with the R&A in St Andrews in a display case and it’s here,’ said the official. ‘The tournament pays for the replica. She will be given a replacement.’
Hall will be given a replacement for the Women’s British Open replica
Women’s Open, Thursday, live on Sky Sports Golf from 11am.