Ciganda and Azahara Muñoz, in the hottest US Open

The Navarrese and the Cordovan form the Spanish representation in the warm Charleston with Fatima Fernandez, classified in a previous one. Temperatures could reach 37 degrees.


Carlota Ciganda, Azahara Muñoz and Fatima Fernández. Two veterans and one novillera will form the Spanish representation in the hottest US Open, which hosts from Thursday to Sunday (from 9:30 p.m. in Movistar Golf Thursday and Friday, from 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday) the Charleston Country Club , a infernal enclave of South Carolina in which the maxims do not seem to go down of 33 degrees any of the four days of competition and could reach 37 with thermal sensation of 39.

"It is very hot here", coincide Carlota and Azahara, who will face the problem in different ways. Navarra plans to take mineral salts dissolved in water and "eat something every so often"; the Cordovan has even changed her routines: "I usually play a lot of holes before I start, but this time I'm conserving energy".

Both come in good shape in the second big calendar. Ciganda adds four top-10s in the season (including a fourth place in the ANA Inspiration of April, another major) and Muñoz, six. They have stayed close to the win several times and, although they are not the main favorites, they are able to be in the pomade to give Spanish golf the first major female in its history. Also because the field, "of generous streets", as it describes Ciganda, favors the game of the Spanish, skilful near the green. That's why he believes that "the second shots will be key"

"If I continue to give options this year I think the victory will come," says Carlota, who places Nelly Korda or the Koreans among the candidates with the most options. Ko Jin-Young and Sung Hyun Park and soul to the debutant Fernandez: "I told her to be calm, enjoy the experience and not suffer, which are complicated tournaments and everybody gets involved." Muñoz is on the same line as his partner in the preparation of the field and adds: "The greens are going to be moved. They are hard. I like the field a lot. I think it's going to be interesting. "

A record bag and homage to Barquín

If it's hot to think about what Ciganza, Muñoz and Fernández will be going through in Charleston, the same happens when you know the bag of prizes that will be handed out by the tournament: 5 , 5 million dollars (about 4,940,437 euros), record number, with one million (898,261 euros) for the winner. It is not the only good news regarding the organization, which has had the detail of honoring the deceased Celia Barquín dedicating a box office locker.

"Glad you have raised the prizes. It's a wonder to have more than five million this year. It's a shame it does not equal men but I think we did not win a little. It's that they earn a lot. I do not know if it's on TV or what. But we have a wonderful life, we play big fields and, it will cost, but in the future I think it will be equal, "says Ciganda.



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