Spain’s Carlota Ciganda won the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España by four shots after shooting a closing 67 at Los Naranjos Golf Club.
The Solheim Cup star captured the Ladies European Tour’s final tournament of the year with a 15-under-par total and in doing so became only the second Spanish woman to win the national championship.
Holding a three-shot lead coming into the final day, Ciganda raced out of the blocks with two birdies and and eagle to reach the turn in 32, and the 31-year-old remained firmly in control on the back nine, finishing with a flourish by rolling in a birdie on the 18th to win her fifth LET title and first since the Mediterranean Ladies Open in 2019.
“I’m very happy, it’s a tournament that I really wanted to win. To win your country’s tournament is something very special, so I’m happy with the way I played,” said Ciganda. “To shoot two bogey-free rounds round here is great golfing, it was quite tough in the back nine with the wind, so I was pleased with how I played all week.”
Four shots behind Ciganda in second place was Sweden’s Maja Stark who posted a final round of 66 to finish on 11-under, while 2021 Race to Costa del Sol champion Atthaya Thitikul finished third after a final round of 71.
The 18-year-old Thai began her round with a bogey, before rolling three birdies on the rest of the front nine. Another birdie on 14 put her within four shots of Ciganda but a double bogey on the 15th, where she found water off the tee, put an end to her title hopes.
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