Two cursed holes separate Ciganda from his first major

Carlota Ciganda’s dream, to raise the first major of his career, It was cut short in two holes at The Club at Carlton Woods, in The Woodlands (Texas, USA), which were cursed for the Pamplona native. Carlota, who finished the Chevron Championship in 12th position with -5 after a final round at par, lost her chances of achieving great things on the 10th and 11th holes of the course designed by Jack Nicklaus, and finally she could not even tie what would have been the tenth Top-10 of his career in big. The victory ended up being for the American Lilia Vu (-10), who beat Angel Yin on the first hole of the playoff, who lost a tournament she had won.

The last round of this renewed Chevron Championship, the first major of the year, formerly known as ANA Inspiration and which had always been played at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, suffered a delay of almost an hour due to a storm. Cold day and with the flags in very far-fetched positions, it was time for the big hitters. And there appeared Carlota Ciganda, who started with a disadvantage of five shots but got to three after signing birdies at 1, 8 and 9. Only a bogey at 6 kept the Spanish woman away, who, dressed in a wool cap, completed a more than serious first half of the lap to be able to think about victory. But she came across what has been her particular Achilles heel this week.

Holes 10 and 11 killed all of Carlota’s aspirations. Not only this Sunday, but during the four days of competition. In her eight steps through those parts since Thursday, the one from Pamplona she added seven birdies and a single par (to 11 on the third day). Carlota couldn’t find a way to get her hands on those holes, which are difficult for all the players, but which made the Spanish lose all kinds of opportunities. “Between 10 and 11 they killed me this week,” she admitted. Last night, the bogeys on these two holes completely destabilized a Ciganda that, since then, has played very irregularly. The eagle at 13 after a great chip was followed by three more bogeys and a birdie to close a final round of 72 shots, par for the course, for a total of -5 that earned him 12th place. She couldn’t even give herself the joy of adding the tenth Top-10 in bigs of her career, but Carlota’s start to the Solheim Cup year is promising.

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Lilia Vu, from considering leaving golf to win a big

The fight for the victory, with Carlota ruled out, was a matter of several women. The North American Lilia Vu, who came from behind, was in charge of leaving a dangerous -10 at home with a final lap of four under par. So, this 25-year-old player who had no victories on the LPGA Tour until 2023, just had to sit back and watch her competitors make mistakes. She missed Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul, who was running -10 when she knocked her ball into the water on the final hole and signed the double bogey. The reaction of Nelly Korda was not enough, that with an eagle at 18 she stayed at -9. And a big mess was made by Angel Yin, who throughout Sunday caressed his first big one.

Yin, 24-year-old American, He led the standings with -11 with three holes to go, but was unable to avoid the bogeys at 16 and 17. In the 18th, he even had an eagle putt to win the Chevron Championship, but he went too far and left a commitment that he solved to force the playoff against Vu. In the tiebreaker, Yin handed the victory to his compatriot by launching his second shot, who was looking for the green, into the water. Perhaps it was compensation for karma, and it is that, on Saturday, the North American threw a ball into the lake of 12 that, inexplicably, bounced and found solid ground. The one from Fountain Valley (California, USA), made a great birdie putt that gave Yin no chance to tie, and thus raised the first major of his career. Vu, who a few years ago considered leaving golf, complied with the tradition that existed in Rancho Mirage, and in Texas the winner also went to the water.

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