Charley Hull's week includes viral success for cigarettes and a fan's approach

For Charley Hull, it was nothing more than fan-friendliness. For the fans, it was a viral moment.

Hull was filmed signing autographs with a cigarette in her mouth before the start of the US Women's Open. It was one of several videos and images showing Hull “ripping up darts” at Lancaster Country Club this week.

Social media has eaten up the “authenticity” and on Sunday, after Hull won their championship title, she spoke about the first viral moment.

“I actually went to the shooting range, had my hands full, when someone asked me for an autograph. I'm not going to say no because I always like to sign autographs. I had a cigarette in my mouth, signed and then it went viral,” she said.

A year ago, Hull made headlines at the US Women's Open when she nearly won at Pebble Beach. Her aggressive second shot on the par-5 18th holeth That Sunday, Hull shouted to her caddy, “Shy children don’t get candy.”

Last year she finished second and this time in Lancaster she couldn't keep up, finishing 6 over par. But she still stood out.

Hull, who said last year she had been unofficially diagnosed with ADHD, is one of the fittest players in the game. She said she rarely drinks but smoking runs in her family and she started smoking to… quit smoking?

“I hate smoking. When I was younger I used to yell at my dad for smoking, but I think it's a bit of a thing when I'm stressed. I was a bit stressed last year and I just vaped, and I wanted to quit vaping, and although smoking isn't better than vaping, you can just vape indoors all the time. I thought if I smoke, I'll go outside and smoke a cigarette. When I'm playing a slow round on the golf course, I smoke quite a bit more than I should,” she explained.

“But listen, I'm going to stop soon. It's just a question of when.”

For the 28-year-old Englishwoman, it was “a pretty wild week.” She was even hit on during the course.

“Someone said I had dropped something and then gave me his phone number on a piece of paper. He said: Here is my number. Send me a text so we can arrange where I'll take you for dinner tonight“I never texted him, of course, but it was just so funny,” she said.

And although she tries to stay away from social media, Hull said her agent told her her Instagram page gained over 70,000 followers in just a few days.

“Just one cigarette and it started,” said Hull.