The maiden victory on the LPGA Tour for Azahara Muñoz came in a format that seems to suit her. Last fall she earned the clinching point for the European Solheim Cup team and was 2-1-1 in the event. At the Sybase Match Play Championship at Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, N.J., she defeated six opponents en route to the win, the final match by a 2-and-1 score. Muñoz utilized a G20 driver, along with i20 woods, an i20 hybrid, and i20 irons.
Advancing to the final was dramatic in itself. Two down after 11 holes in the morning semifinal, Muñoz went on to win four of the final six holes, including the last three.
Muñoz had to be convinced by her family to enter the tournament because her grandmother had taken ill and passed away before the event. “I’m so happy, I almost didn’t come, but my parents and my sister and brother said she wanted me to be here, so I came to play for my grandma, so this is for her. I wasn’t going to give up this week, that’s for sure.”
The win was a culmination of outstanding play in recent weeks for the 24-year-old, who took home $375,000. She was T4 and T2 in her two previous tournaments.