Bringing together the three best Spanish players in the world ranking is not an easy task, since two of them regularly compete in the LPGA and the third has lived her first season in the LET, for this reason, Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Muñoz and Ana Peláez from Malaga. They have starred in an interesting press conference in which they have analyzed the year of each one, as well as their plans for the future in the preview of the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open in Spain.
However, each of them lives their own reality. In the case of Carlota Ciganda, she arrives at the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open of Spain 2022 after winning the Estrella Damm Ladies Open in Spain, in a season “that she has been good” but that she defines as “somewhat inconsistent on the LPGA . You can’t be 100% every week”, and in which she has played more tests than usual, “so I want to rest and recharge my batteries for next year”.
Although the player from Navarra admits that she is especially motivated when she plays in front of her fans: “I love playing in my country. I don’t know if it’s because of the support I receive or because of the adrenaline, but I’m always at my best and I want to think that I’ll reach 100% for this tournament”.
Nothing to do, therefore, with the season that Azahara Muñoz has had. For the player from Malaga, playing on her land and receiving the love of her family and friends motivates her enormously, but it must not be forgotten that she has been away from the golf courses since February, when she was a mother, and did not return to the competition until September .
“I really wanted to play this tournament, since in addition to being at home, I feel that I still have more laps to play and this championship is perfect. It will be four days that will help me enormously in my preparation ”, explained Azahara Muñoz, avoiding making the excuse of having traveled with his son Lucas, since “it is a matter of organizing. It is true that there are tougher nights than others, but in general I think I am recovering well”.
The third protagonist, Ana Peláez, for her part, still hardly believes she is sitting “with these magnificent players” after a year “of learning, and not only regarding golf but everything that surrounds her”, although The competitive vein immediately comes out when he assures without hesitation that he arrives at the Andalucía Costa del Sol Open in Spain thinking big, since “my goal is always to win.” Let’s remember that the woman from Malaga got the LET card after winning the Comunidad de Madrid Ladies Open at the beginning of the season.
Ana Peláez, fifth classified in the Race To Costa del Sol, also took stock of her first year as a professional and acknowledged that “I put a lot of pressure on myself, but today it is otherwise. I like to feel that pressure and I prefer it to nobody noticing me”.
Perhaps for this reason, Ana Peláez has among her plans to obtain the LPGA card to “fight with the best”, while her voice does not tremble when she acknowledges that the Solheim Cup is marked in red on her calendar because “I want to play, it is one of my objectives, even more playing in Andalusia”.
And he says it in the presence of Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Muñoz, the two Spanish players who have played the most Solheim Cup. Both are more cautious when they think about their respective options to play the biennial tournament that will take place from September 18 to 24 of next year at Finca Cortesín, but in the brightness of their eyes it can be seen that they have not lost the passion that Ana overflows Pelaez.
The Andalucía Costa del Sol Open in Spain, in addition to closing the Ladies European Tour season and proclaiming the winner of the Race To Costa del Sol for the third consecutive edition, will be the fourth event of this circuit that will be held this year in our country with an amount in prizes of €650,000. In addition, there will also be a bonus of €250,000 for the top three ranked in the order of merit of the European Women’s Circuit.
The Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España 2022 is held at Alferini Golf from November 24 to 27 and is part of the Solheim Cup 2023 program, an event declared an Event of Exceptional Public Interest (AEIP) and that provides important tax advantages to companies participants.
The Andalucía Costa del Sol Open in Spain, the last event on the Ladies European Tour calendar, is sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sports of the Junta de Andalucía, with co-financing from the European Union, Costa del Sol Tourism and Acosol as main sponsors, together with the Marbella Town Hall, the Benahavís Town Hall and Reale Seguros. Vithas is the official medical service. Solán de Cabras, Eversheds Sutherland, Mahou, PING, Kyocera, Puerto Banús and Volvo are official suppliers. Marca and Radio Marca are official media. Anantara Villa Padierna Palace is the official hotel. LET, RFEG, RFGA and Sports & Business collaborate in their organization.