Ciganda, a great moment hunting first Major

Growing up surrounded by golf clubs, thanks to her father's influence, Carlota Ciganda experienced a career-defining moment on Sunday as a key player in Europe's victory at the Solheim Cup.

by Andrea Gussoni
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Ciganda, a great moment hunting first Major
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Growing up surrounded by golf clubs, thanks to her father's influence, Carlota Ciganda experienced a career-defining moment on Sunday as a key player in Europe's victory at the Solheim Cup.

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With a degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona, the Navarrese golfer already had a successful amateur career, winning the British amateur in 2007 and two European titles in 2004 and 2008.

It was clear that she was destined for greatness as a professional golfer.

In her first year on the European circuit in 2012, she won two titles, the Order of Merit, and Rookie of the Year. Ciganda has since accrued an impressive record, including seven trophies in Europe, two on the LPGA American tour and four Solheim Cups, with the recent win in Spain being a particularly emotional one.

"I'll never forget this moment in my life.

I've won everything here, but I'm still waiting to win a major. That's my next goal," said Ciganda. Despite finishing in the top 10 ten times in Grand Slam tournaments, the elusive major victory still eludes her. She has finished third four times, with her latest being at the KPMG Championship earlier this year.

She also achieved third place at the same tournament in 2020, the 2018 US Open, and the 2022 Evian Championship.

Playing at the Solheim Cup in Spain was an incredible experience for Ciganda. "There's nothing like it. To play in Spain, in front of your people, to hear your name chanted all the time, was really amazing.

It was really special, and I'm very happy," exclaimed Carlota, niece of former footballer 'Cuco' Ciganda.

"The key moment was when captain Suzann Pettersen came up to me on the 16th hole and said, 'You're made for this. Just enjoy it, play well for your country and finish it.'

Then I made two incredible shots," said Ciganda about the great tee-off and putt that sealed the victory on the 17th hole in her match against Nelly Korda.

"The morning of Friday was tough with the 0-4 start. We're all so happy that we've come out of a difficult situation together.

We're used to playing individually, but doing it with these teammates is more motivating. And doing it in Spain makes it even more special. I wanted to enjoy every moment, from the first hole to everything. I won't be able to forget everything that has happened this week," Ciganda added.

Ciganda will continue to pursue her dream of winning her first Grand Slam, but regardless of her future success, Carlota has already secured her spot as a pro golfer in the history books.

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