Costa del Sol, Spanish Open 2022

Caroline Hedwall makes her winning putt in Costa del Sol Open
Caroline Hedwall makes her winning putt in Costa del Sol Open
Linn Grant, leader of the Race to Costa del Sol on day 2 © Andres Lopez Sheridan
Linn Grant, leader of the Race to Costa del Sol on day 2 © Andres Lopez Sheridan
Maja Stark, Day 1 Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España 2022 © Andres Lopez Sheridan
Maja Stark, Day 1 Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España 2022 © Andres Lopez Sheridan

Costa del Sol, Spanish Open 2022

Day Four report from Costa del Sol Spanish Open 2022 at Alferini Golf 27th November.

Caroline Hedwall wins the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España 2022 in a gruelling playoff. The Swedish player has won the tournament that has closed the season on the Ladies European Tour after defeating the Swiss Morgane Metraux. The sensation of the week, the amateur Cayetana Fernandez finished in a magnificent fifth place. More >

Day Three report from Costa del Sol Spanish Open 2022 at Alferini Golf 26th November.

Cayetana Fernández has shined in the second day of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España. The young spanish amateur never ceases to amaze everyone with a great performance that made her finish with a round of 65 strokes (-8). Fernandez has climbed to the top of the standings with a total of 135 strokes (-11), one ahead of Linn Grant, leader of the Race to Costa del Sol. Big words. The Irish Leona Maguire stands third with a total of 137 (-9). The english golfer, Cara Gainer, who leaded the first day finished with 138 strokes (-8), tied with the swiss Morgane Metraux, and the swedes, Maja Stark and Caroline Hedwall. More >

Day Two report from Costa del Sol Spanish Open 2022 at Alferini Golf 25th November.

Cayetana Fernández has shined in the second day of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España. The young spanish amateur never ceases to amaze everyone with a great performance that made her finish with a round of 65 strokes (-8). Fernandez has climbed to the top of the standings with a total of 135 strokes (-11), one ahead of Linn Grant, leader of the Race to Costa del Sol. Big words. The Irish Leona Maguire stands third with a total of 137 (-9). The english golfer, Cara Gainer, who leaded the first day finished with 138 strokes (-8), tied with the swiss Morgane Metraux, and the swedes, Maja Stark and Caroline Hedwall. More >

Day One report from Costa del Sol Spanish Open 2022 at Alferini Golf 24th November.

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, in the Benahavis municipal district, Málaga. More >

Swedish duel for the Race to Costa del Sol at the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España 2022

The Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España 2022 24 to 27 November at Alferini Golf near Villa Padierna, will have the interesting battle between Swedish golfers Linn Grant and Maja Stark to win the ‘Race to Costa del Sol’. Both players, going into the tournament are first and second in the Ladies European Tour order of merit, are separated by just 69 points, which guarantees excitement at the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España.

Linn Grant, current number one in the Race to Costa del Sol, will arrive with 16 tournaments played in 2022, four wins and eight top 10s this season on the Ladies European Tour. The 23 year old is demonstrating an astounding performance in her first year as a professional. Last June Linn Grant became the first golfer to win a DP World Tour tournament. It was at the Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed and she did it in style, nine strokes ahead of her compatriot Henrik Stenson and Scotland's Marc Warren.

Maja Stark, the other contender for the Race to Costa del Sol, is not far behind. In the 22 tournaments played this year on the Ladies European Tour has achieved five victories and 11 "Top 10s". It is not surprising, therefore, that the 22 year old Maja occupies the second position in the Race to Costa del Sol arriving at Alferini Golf with the clear objective of taking the number one. Maja from Skivarp has also tried her luck this year on the LPGA Tour, where she has been more irregular than Linn, on the other hand, she has achieved a victory, as well as an eighth place in nine tournaments played, which also makes her a candidate for "rookie of the year".

Costa del Sol Open de España creates the Celia Barquín Award for the best amateur golfer.

The Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España, the most important women's professional tournament held in Spain on a regular basis, has created the Celia Barquín Award to reward each year the best amateur player who participates in this prestigious competition, which in 2022 will be held at the Alferini Golf near Villa Padierna. near Estepona between 24 and 27 November. More >

Azahara Muñoz has confirmed her presence in the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España 2022.

Azahara Muñoz has confirmed her presence in the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España 2022. This tournament that will end the Ladies European Tour season from 24th to 27th November at Alferini Golf near Villa Padierna. The Malaga golfer has recently returned to training and playing professional tournaments, after giving birth to her first child, Lucas, last February, and therefore, playing the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España 2022, at home and in front of her family and friends, will be very special. "After my maternity, I have been training little by little and I returned to competition in September. I have played three LPGA tournaments in which I have had good feelings and I could not miss the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España 2022, a championship that brings me very good memories and in which I always enjoy a lot," she said.

It is clear that Azahara Muñoz arrives at Alferini Golf with little competitive experience, but the local player knows very well what it means to win this tournament, as she won the 2016 and 2017 editions, and with the support of her home crowd, she is always a competitor to be reckoned with.

"Winning this tournament for the third time would be incredible. I really want to do well but I don't want to put pressure on myself. I think it will be a real test for me and it will help me, not only to check my level of play, but also to see how I am organised when travelling with my son. In this aspect, the help of my husband and my parents will be fundamental", she explained. After her return to competition, Azahara Muñoz's main objective once she reaches her best level will be to try to qualify for the 2023 Solheim Cup, which will also be played on home soil, but for the moment, the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España 2022, a tournament that will also crown the winner of the Race To Costa del Sol, the LET's order of merit, for the third consecutive edition, will be a good touchstone.

Ladies European Tour at Villa Padierna

The Race to Costa del Sol, the official ranking of the Ladies European Tour, offers a bonus (funded by the Costa del Sol tourist board) of €250,000 to top first three seasons players. The venue is Alferini Golf, the most challenging of the three courses of Villa Padierna on November 24-27.

The ranking began in Kenya with the first of 31 Ladies European Tour  to be played across 21 different countries in a record-breaking 2022 schedule. The prestigious tournament will be the finishing touch to the Race to Costa del Sol, which will see the most consistent player of the entire season crowned for the third year and will lift the trophy specially designed for the Race to Costa del Sol.

Villa Padierna, will host the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España 2022

Alferini Golf, at Los Flamingos resort will open its doors at the end of November to the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España, which will close the season of the Ladies European Tour and will crown for the third consecutive year not only the champion of the tournament but also the winner of the Race to Costa del Sol, the order of merit of the European Tour.

This tournament, which has become the highlight of the women's season in Europe, has a dizzying record since it became the closing event of the Race to Costa del Sol. In the 2020 season, Denmark's Emily Kristine Pedersen won the double - tournament and Race to Costa del Sol - to cap a spectacular year. In 2021 the tournament was won by Carlota Ciganda, achieving the only tournament she had yet to win in Spain, and the order of merit went to Thailand's Atthaya Thitikul.

The Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España, once again sponsored by the Andalucia Tourist board and the Costa del Sol Tourist Board and Acosol, (a monopoly public water supply company for the Costa de Sol) will be played at the Villa Padierna resort. The event prise money will be €650,000 plus a the bonus of €250,000 for the top three classified in the annual ranking.

The Villa Padierna resort hosts the tournament for the second time after the edition played at the Flamingos Golf course in 2010, when England's Laura Davies claimed victory.

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The Race to Costa del Sol 2022 started in Kenya

The Race to Costa del Sol, the official ranking of the Ladies European Tour, offers a bonus (funded by the Costa del Sol tourist board) of €250,000 to top first three seasons players. The ranking began in Kenya with the first of 31 Ladies European Tour  to be played across 21 different countries in a record-breaking 2022 schedule, which will conclude with Spain's Andalucía Costa del Sol Open from November 24-27

The ‘Race to Costa del Sol’ is the sponsorship name of the order of merit of the Ladies European Tour. The mens order of merit is called the Race to Dubai.

In the 2021 season, the Thai Atthaya Thitikul won the second edition of the Race To Costa del Sol. The end of tour event in 2021 was played at Los Naranjos Golf Club from 25 to 28 November 2021. Thitikul won the ranking with a margin of 1,638.07 points and became the fourth player to win the Race To Costa del Sol and Rookie of The Year titles in the same season, while the young golfer also rose to the 18th in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings.

In 2020 the Danish Emily Kristine Pedersen. had a remarkable first season on European Tour, the 18-year-old won two titles and just missed out of the top-six in three tournaments to become the youngest winner of this accolade.

Although it is called the European tour the 2022 season kicks off at Vipingo Ridge in Kenya before heading to the Royal Greens a few weeks later for the Aramco Saudi Ladies International. The Tour then has two weeks in South Africa with the Joburg Ladies Open, followed by the South African Women's Open.

Afterwards, the Ladies European Tour moves to Australia for the first time since 2020 with the Australian Women's Classic - Bonville and the Women's NSW Open. The return to Europe will take place with the Madrid Ladies Open, the first time that the circuit has visited the Spanish capital since the South African Lee-Anne Pace was proclaimed champion of the Spanish Open in 2013 at the Villa de Madrid Country Club. This was followed by the Jabra Ladies Open, the Mithra Belgian Ladies Open and the Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik & Annika. Switzerland is the next stop on the calendar, followed by the French Lacoste Ladies Open, the return of the Women's Irish Open and the Estrella Damm Ladies Open Presented by Catalunya. Following a trip across the Atlantic for the Aramco Team Series - New York, the Tour will head to Asia for the Hero Women's Indian Open, the Dubai Moonlight Classic and the Aramco Team Series - Jeddah.

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