Spanish poker for the British, the last women's great of 2021

Carlota Ciganda, Azahara Muñoz, Luna Sobrón and Nuria Iturrioz are the four Spaniards who will appear in Carnoustie. Nelly Korda, Olympic gold, rival to beat.


A woman from Navarra, a woman from Malaga and two Balearic Islands make up the Spanish poker game that will challenge the Asian empire and Nelly Korda, the golfer of the moment, at the British Open, the last major on the women's golf calendar that starts this Thursday at the Scottish Carnoustie links. They are Carlota Ciganda, who will leave at 1:16 pm; Azahara Muñoz, who will do it at 12:43; Luna Sobrón, at 07:41, and Nuria Iturrioz, at 16:06 (from 15:00 on Movistar Plus).

The German Sophia Popov defends the title there, unsuspected champion in 2020, when she appeared at Royal Troon as the 304th in the world ranking, with a Symetra Tour card (the second European division) and after being a caddy for the Belgian Van Dam the previous week However, the favorites are Asians like the Koreans Ko, Park and Kim or the Thai Tavatanakit, and Americans like Danielle Kang and, above all, Nelly Korda, brand new Olympic champion and world number one.

Beyond the fight for a very complicated a priori victory, since neither Ciganda nor Muñoz, the two who play in the LPGA, are in their best season, and Sobrón and Iturrioz are still outsiders, in Scotland points are at stake valuable to enter the European team for the Solheim Cup, the women's Ryder, which will be played from September 4 to 6 at the Inverness Club in Ohio (USA).

Ciganda already has a place via world rankings, while the rest need a top-3 or a performance convincing enough for Catriona Matthew, the captain, to extend an invitation. In the latter case, the one with the most options is undoubtedly Azahara Muñoz, who already has a solvent resume at the appointment.

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