Cayetana Fernandez, Carlota Ciganda and Carla Tejedo will start in the penultimate match to try to unseat Swiss leader Morgane Metraux.
The amateur rebellion started by Cayetana Fernández in this Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España has added another player to the cause, Carla Tejedo, while Carlota Ciganda is not giving up and will fight to repeat last year’s triumph.
And as if that wasn’t enough of an argument not to be missed tomorrow at Villa Padierna, the three best Spanish players this week will share a match that was Cayetana Fernández’s dream at the start of the tournament. Another wish fulfilled.
Cayetana Fernández started the day as the tournament leader, but very soon, on the very first hole, where she made a bogey, it was clear that this day was not going to be the same as the previous one.
She had to hold on to the course and be patient until the birdies came: “Yesterday was a very different game, but I fought every shot. The putting wasn’t as good as the day before, the greens were a bit heavy, but I put together a good finish and made a good birdie on the last hole”, she explained.
That fight gives her the second place, two strokes off the lead, with 18 holes to play, something that does not surprise her because “we, the amateurs, are showing that we have a very good level. In the future there may be more Spanish players as good as Carlota and Azahara, and women’s golf will become visible”.
One of its references, Carlota Ciganda, joined the local trio that will try to keep the tournament at home after playing “a calmer round” and signing 68 strokes (-5) for a total of 208 (-11), a result that sought throughout the day: “I wanted to reach the two figures under par and with those -11, I can have options for tomorrow. I’ll try to push and see if I can win this tournament again.
Great comeback of Carla Tejedo
The other name of the day was undoubtedly Carla Tejedo. The Valencian player had a “perfect round from tee to green. The drives were pretty straight, the shots to the green were pretty good and that allowed me to make putts. Without all of the above, there are no birdies,” she explained.
” I played with Cayetana yesterday and I thank her because she made me see that I can do it too. She shot a -8 and I’m at -7, but I went for it,” said Carla Tejedo as one of the reasons for her 66.
However, the reigning World University Champion is not out of line with her expectations for the final day of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España: “I want to enjoy this experience. I come as an amateur, so I want to savour every last hole, every last shot and do the best I can”, although she also sent out a warning: “Let the professionals get ready because we are coming”, she concluded with a big smile.
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The Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España 2022 will be held at Alferini Golf (Villa Padierna) from 24 to 27 November and is part of the Solheim Cup 2023 programme, an event declared an Event of Exceptional Public Interest (AEIP) and which provides important tax advantages to participating companies.
The Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España, the last event on the Ladies European Tour calendar, is sponsored by Andalucía, Costa del Sol and Acosol as main sponsors, together with Marbella, Benahavís and Reale Seguros. Vithas is the official medical service. Solán de Cabras, Eversheds Sutherland, Mahou and Puerto Banús are official suppliers. Marca and Radio Marca are official media. LET, RFEG, RFGA and Deporte & Business collaborate in the organisation.