Azahara Muñoz

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Azahara Muñoz
— Golfer —
2010 Women's British Open – Azahara Muñoz Guijarro (9).jpg
Personal information
Full name Azahara Muñoz Guijarro
Nickname Aza
Born (1987-11-19) 19 November 1987 (age 26)
Málaga, Spain
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Nationality  Spain
Residence Spain
Career
College Arizona State University
(2009, Psychology)
Turned professional 2009
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2010)
LET (joined 2009)
Professional wins 3
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 1
Ladies European Tour 2
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
Kraft Nabisco C'ship T7: 2014
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
LPGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
2010

Azahara Muñoz Guijarro (born 19 November 1987) is a Spanish professional golfer on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour.

Amateur career[edit]

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.[1] 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.

Professional career[edit]

2009[edit]

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.[2]

Following a rain-shortened one-round victory in Barcelona for 5,000 on the Banesto mini-tour in late October,[3] Muñoz finished fifth at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in December in Florida to earn full playing privileges on the LPGA Tour for 2010.[4] She ended the year ranked 179th in the Women's World Golf Rankings.[5]

2010[edit]

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.[6] Muñoz handily won the competition for LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year with 704 points; the runner-up was compatriot Beatriz Recari with 419.[7][8]

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).[9] Muñoz ended the year at 41st in the world rankings.[5]

2012[edit]

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.[10] The victory in May vaulted Muñoz from 27th to 19th in the world rankings[11] and from tenth to second on the 2012 money list.

Professional wins (3)[edit]

LPGA Tour (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up Winner's
share ($)
1 20 May 2012 Sybase Match Play Championship 2 and 1 United States Candie Kung 375,000

LPGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2014 HSBC Women's Champions United States Paula Creamer Lost to eagle on second extra hole

Ladies European Tour (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning
score
To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ()
1 3 Oct 2009 Madrid Ladies Masters 71-68-64=203 –16 Playoff 1 Sweden Anna Nordqvist 50,000
2 29 Sep 2013 Lacoste Ladies Open de France 68-65-68-65=266 –14 1 stroke France Valentine Derrey
France Gwladys Nocera
37,500

1 Muñoz sank an eagle putt on the first playoff hole to win.

Results in LPGA majors[edit]

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Kraft Nabisco Championship T40 DNP T52 T15 CUT T7
LPGA Championship DNP T11 T8 CUT 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.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Kraft Nabisco Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 4
LPGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 4 2
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 5
Women's British Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
Totals 0 0 0 0 2 8 20 14
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (2010 LPGA – 2012 Kraft Nabisco)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

LPGA Tour career summary[edit]

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
Rolex
ranking
2009 3 2 0 0 0 0 T40 n/a n/a 75.00 n/a 179
2010 21 17 0 0 0 2 T4 402,497 30 71.29 17 41
2011 23 21 0 1 1 3 T2 520,269 24 72.11 30 40
2012 26 22 1 2 1 9 1 1,230,751 8 70.90 9 17
2013 26 21 0 1 0 3 2 457,996 31 71.50 28 30
  • official through 24 November 2013 [12]

* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

Solheim Cup record[edit]

Year Total
matches
Total
W–L–H
Singles
W–L–H
Foursomes
W–L–H
Fourballs
W–L–H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 8 4–3–1 1–1–0 2–1–1 1–1–0 4.5 56.3%
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%

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Azahara Munoz Profile". Arizona State University. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Muñoz beats Nordqvist in Playoff on Professional Debut". Ladies European Tour. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Barcelona leaderboard". Banesto Golf Tour. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "2009 Final Qualifying Tournament – results". LPGA. 6 December 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Women's world golf rankings". Rolex Rankings. 28 December 2009. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "2010 Player Performance Record". LPGA. Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Munoz Clinches Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Race". LPGA. 8 November 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Stats: Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year: 2010". LPGA. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Azahara Muñoz – 2010 season results". Ladies European Tour. 
  10. ^ "Azahara Muñoz wins match play". ESPN. Associated Press. May 21, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Women's world golf rankings". Rolex Rankings. 21 May 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "Azahara Munoz stats". LPGA. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 

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