|— Golfer —|
Muñoz at the 2010 Women's British Open
|Full name||Azahara Muñoz Guijarro|
19 November 1987 |
|Height||1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|College||Arizona State University
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 2010)
LET (joined 2009)
|Number of wins by tour|
|Ladies European Tour||2|
|Best results in LPGA Major Championships
|Kraft Nabisco C'ship||T15: 2012|
|LPGA Championship||T8: 2011|
|U.S. Women's Open||T19: 2010|
|Women's British Open||T19: 2010|
|The Evian Championship||T19: 2013|
|Achievements and awards|
Rookie of the Year
Muñoz was born in Málaga in southern Spain and had a successful amateur career in both Europe and the United States. She won the 2002 Spanish Amateur title at age 14, the 2004 Girls British Open Championship, and was the 2009 British Ladies Amateur champion. Additionally, she was runner-up to Amanda Blumenherst at the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur in Eugene, Oregon, and was a member of Europe's Junior Solheim Cup Team in 2002, 2003, and 2005.
At Arizona State, she was the 2008 NCAA Individual Champion in her junior year, winning by making a 25-foot (8 m) putt at the first hole of a playoff against UCLA's Tiffany Joh in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Surgery on her right wrist in January 2009 sidelined her for over a month during her senior year. In May, Muñoz finished fourth at the NCAA Championships in Maryland to lead the Sun Devils to the 2009 NCAA team title. She was the Edith Cummings Munson Award recipient in 2008 & 2009, the only double winner of the award. Muñoz was also 2006–08 NGCA Academic All-American, 2006–09 First-Team All-Pac-10, 2006–07 NGCA Second-Team All-American, 2009 NGCA All-American and 2009 Pac-10 Scholar of the Year. She graduated magna cum laude from ASU in May 2009 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in business.
In a final summer of amateur play, Muñoz won the match-play British Ladies Amateur in Wales over ASU teammate and compatriot Carlota Ciganda, then won gold medals (individual & team) for Spain at the 2009 Mediterranean Games in Italy. Although the runner-up in 2008, she opted not to participate in the 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur. She played in three professional majors as an amateur in 2009 and placed T-40 twice.
Muñoz turned professional in September 2009, two weeks prior to the first stage of the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in California, in which she finished second and advanced to the final stage in December.
Back in Spain, she received a sponsor's exemption into the 2009 Madrid Ladies Masters, and made her professional debut on 1 October on the Ladies European Tour (LET). After shooting a 64 (−9) in the final round, she won the three-round event on the first playoff hole, defeating former ASU teammate Anna Nordqvist with an eagle putt; Muñoz earned €50,000 and a three-year LET exemption.
Following a rain-shortened one-round victory in Barcelona for €5,000 on the Banesto mini-tour in late October, Muñoz finished fifth at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in December in Florida to earn full playing privileges on the LPGA Tour for 2010. She ended the year ranked 179th in the Women's World Golf Rankings.
In her rookie season of 2010, Muñoz made the cut in her first eleven events, and won over $402,000 in LPGA competition with two top ten finishes. She made the top twenty in the three majors she played, was 30th on the money list, and 17th in scoring. Muñoz handily won the competition for LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year with 704 points; the runner-up was compatriot Beatriz Recari with 419.
She won an additional €26,380 in five events on the Ladies European Tour (total 2010 LET earnings were €96,633 in seven events, with €70,253 from the two events co-sanctioned by the LPGA). Muñoz ended the year at 41st in the world rankings.
Muñoz notched her first LPGA Tour victory at the Sybase Match Play Championship in Gladstone, New Jersey with a 2 and 1 victory over Candie Kung. In the semifinal round of match play against Morgan Pressel, Muñoz trailed by two through 11 holes. Pressel appeared to have won the 12th hole, which would have given her a three-hole lead over Muñoz, but a slow-play penalty was ruled against Pressel. Muñoz ended up winning the semifinal match against Pressel, 2 and 1. The victory in May vaulted Muñoz from 27th to 19th in the world rankings and from tenth to second on the 2012 money list.
Professional wins (3)
LPGA Tour (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||20 May 2012||Sybase Match Play Championship||2 and 1||Candie Kung||375,000|
Ladies European Tour (2)
|To par||Margin of
|1||3 Oct 2009||Madrid Ladies Masters||71-68-64=203||–16||Playoff 1||Anna Nordqvist||50,000|
|2||29 Sep 2013||Lacoste Ladies Open de France||68-65-68-65=266||–14||1 stroke|| Valentine Derrey
1 Muñoz sank an eagle putt on the first playoff hole to win.
Results in LPGA majors
|Kraft Nabisco Championship||T40||DNP||T52||T15||CUT|
|U.S. Women's Open||T40||T19||T45||T21||T48|
|Women's British Open||CUT||T19||T49||CUT||CUT|
|The Evian Championship ^||T19|
^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
T = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
- Starts – 19
- Wins – 0
- 2nd place finishes – 0
- 3rd place finishes – 0
- Top 3 finishes – 0
- Top 5 finishes – 0
- Top 10 finishes – 1
- Top 25 finishes – 7
- Missed cuts – 6
- Most consecutive cuts made – 8
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1
LPGA Tour career summary
- official through 24 November 2013 
* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.
- Junior Solheim Cup (representing Europe): 2002, 2003 (winners), 2005
- Espirito Santo Trophy (representing Spain): 2008
Solheim Cup record
|2011||4||2–1–1||1–0–0 def. A. Stanford 1 up||1–0–1 won w/ C. Matthew 3&2,
halved w/ C. Matthew
|0–1–0 lost w/ M. Hjorth 3&1||2.5||62.5%|
|2013||4||2–2–0||0–1–0 lost to B. Lang 2&1||1–1–0 won w/ K. Icher 2&1,
lost w/ K. Icher 1dn
|1–0–0 won w/ C. Ciganda 1 up||2||50.0%|
- "Azahara Munoz Profile". Arizona State University. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
- "Muñoz beats Nordqvist in Playoff on Professional Debut". Ladies European Tour. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
- "Barcelona leaderboard". Banesto Golf Tour. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
- "2009 Final Qualifying Tournament – results". LPGA. 6 December 2009.
- "Women's world golf rankings". Rolex Rankings. 28 December 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "2010 Player Performance Record". LPGA. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
- "Munoz Clinches Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Race". LPGA. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
- "Stats: Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year: 2010". LPGA. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "Azahara Muñoz – 2010 season results". Ladies European Tour.
- "Azahara Muñoz wins match play". ESPN. Associated Press. May 21, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
- "Women's world golf rankings". Rolex Rankings. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- "Azahara Munoz stats". LPGA. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
- Azahara Muñoz at the LPGA Tour official site
- Azahara Muñoz at the Ladies European Tour official site
- Azahara Muñoz on Twitter