Women’s European Tour: Lynn Grant beats Maja Stark in race to Costa del Sol as England’s Cara Gainer leads Open de Espana | Golf news

Lynn Grant and Maja Stark from Sweden fight to win the Race to the Costa del Sol; England’s Cara Gainer leads after first round at Open de Espana, with Grant third and Stark seventh – watch round two on Sky Sports Golf on Friday

Last updated: 24/11/22 18:35

Highlights from the first round of the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de Espana on the Women's European Tour

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Highlights from the first round of the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de Espana on the Women’s European Tour

Highlights from the first round of the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de Espana on the Women’s European Tour

Sweden’s Linn Grant is confident of compatriot and rival Maja Stark in the Race to Costa del Sol after the opening round of the Open de EspaƱa, with England’s Cara Gainer leading the race.

Grant has a narrow points lead over Stark in the race to become the 2022 European Tour women’s golf champion and will take that crown if she finishes above or equal with her Swede in Marbella.

Grant – who has won four titles this year compared to Stark’s three – rallied from two over after three holes to post a five-under 68, with the 23-year-old birdieing her final three holes to qualify in third place. at Alferini Golf.

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Stark shot a four-under 69 for a share of seventh, as the 22-year-old failed to match Grant’s three birdies in a row at the death as she bogeyed the last after making 16 and 17.

Stark was left to three-putt the 10th and 11th and pick up back-to-back bogeys.

Lynn Grant has a narrow lead over Race to Costa del Sol title rival and fellow Swede Maja Stark after the opening lap in Spain.

Lynn Grant has a narrow lead over Race to Costa del Sol title rival and fellow Swede Maja Stark after the opening lap in Spain.

Leading the day was Gainer, whose seven-under 66 included nine birdies and two bogeys, leaving her one shot behind defending champion Carlota Ciganda, who birdied her last six holes after going seven double bogeys at 11

Ireland’s Leona Maguire, who finished second to Lydia Ko at the CME Group Tour Championship on the LPGA Tour last week, continued her good form with a five-under 68 to join Grant in third.

Watch round two of the Open de Espana live on Sky Sports on Friday. Coverage starts at 1pm on the Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel, followed by Sky Sports Golf, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Mix from 3pm.

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