Defending champion Georgia Hall has revealed her Women's British Open replica trophy was recently stolen from the boot of her car.
The 23-year-old said she left the trophy in the boot of her car along with her golf clubs when going into London to get the trophy engraved.
According to Hall, the rear window of her vehicle was smashed and the trophy was taken, but her expensive golf clubs remained.
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."
“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," said Hall.
“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.”
Tournament officials have told Hall they were soon replace her trophy.
The Wimborne professional put her name in lights last summer when she became the first Englishwomen for 14 years to lift the major championship title at Royal Lytham & St Annes.
Hall sealed a two-stroke victory over Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum in a titanic battle which turned into a final-group showdown.
Her trophy may have been stolen, but she admits she will not be relinquishing her title in a hurry at Woburn this week.
‘I’m going into it with the focus that this is my trophy and I’m not going to let anyone take it away from me.
“I kept it under the bed for three months, because I was travelling so much and I didn’t want it on show. That’s not good, is it? I did let my mum and dad look after it as well, if that helps.
“I love the Open. You have a different feeling each time you play in one and obviously this is going to be a special occasion for me.
“If I’m in contention, I’ll have that confidence of knowing that in the biggest major for me I can hit the right shot at the right time.”