Costa del Sol Open de España - Day One
by Andrés Lopez Sheridan
The English golfer Cara Gainer leads the standings with 66 strokes, seven under par, in the first day of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España 2022.
The Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España, the most important women's professional tournament held in Spain on a regular basis, which in 2022 was be held at the Alferini Golf near Villa Padierna. near Estepona between 24 and 27 November.
Gainer stood out in a very warm day in the south of Spain, finishing first in the provisional leaderboard in the first day of the Spanish Open. This tournament closes the season of the European Women's Golf Tour at the Alferini course, located at Villa Padierna Complex, within Benahavis municipality, Málaga.
The Spanish Carlota Ciganda, came in second in the first day of the open. She started the round with five straight pars, until she made her first birdie on hole 6, followed by another on hole 8.
However, it is not until the 13th hole where she managed to make a break with a fantastic sequence of six birdies that resulted in a total of 67 strokes (-6), a card that only the irish Leona Maguire, the swiss Morgane Metraux, the french Anais Meyssonnier and one of the favourites in the tournament the swedish Linn Grant could follow with 68 strokes (-5).
"I think this is a course that requires a lot of patience. The important thing is to keep calm. I'm very happy with how I fought specially in the difficult moments," summed up Carlota Ciganda.
The fans who gathered at Villa Padiera were also able to enjoy the game of the Swedish Linn Grant and Maja Stark, who shared a match with Carlota Ciganda. The two sweds are immersed in their own duel to win the Race to Costa del Sol. At the moment, Grant has a slight advantage with 68 strokes (-5), one less than her compatriot.
The Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España, closes the Ladies European Tour season and will proclaim the winner of the Race To Costa del Sol for the third consecutive edition. The Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España will be the fourth event of this circuit to be held this year in our country with a prize money of 650,000€. In addition, there will also be a bonus of €250,000 for the top three classified in the order of merit of the European Women's Tour.