Alison Lee with 29 birdies without a mistake

“I have played very well, very solid all week. Carlota played the first holes very well and she put a little pressure on me, but I focused on my game"

by Andrea Gussoni
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Alison Lee with 29 birdies without a mistake
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With an impressive record of 29 under par (rounds of 61, 61 and 65), the American Alison Lee achieved her second professional victory this Sunday (the first was in 2021 at the Aramco in Sotogrande, Cádiz) by winning with 29 birdies without errors in the last Aramco Team Series tournament that was held in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

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No one, in the history of the Ladies European Tour, had scored a -29 in a professional tournament, just as no one had finished two rounds of 36 holes with 61 strokes (-22). She also left a course record with two cards of 61 at the Riyadh Golf Club, opened in 1990 and prepared to host this first professional tournament in her history.

It is the only grass golf course in the Saudi capital. “I have played very well, very solid all week. Carlota played the first holes very well and she put a little pressure on me, but I focused on my game. It is my second victory in these Aramco series, I hope to also win a regular tournament on the LPGA Tour.

I like this tournament format a lot, I feel very comfortable and I owe him my two victories,” said Alison Lee. Carlota Ciganda, with cards of 65, 63 and 67 strokes (-21), after achieving her team victory, made dreams of a miraculous comeback by placing herself three strokes behind the leader with only six holes played.

Three birdies and a fantastic eagle from 3 to 6 tightened the score and the tournament became a head-to-head. But it was just a mirage in the Arabian desert. And on the last nine holes the ball seemed to avoid the cloth of the flag and brush past the hole without wanting to enter.

And the Navarrese said goodbye to Riyadh with a birdie on the 18th that left a good taste in her final mouth. The rest of the Spanish: 39th Carmen Alonso, 68 69 72 (-7), 46th Nuria Iturrioz, 71 68 71 (-6), 51st Marta Sanz 69 67 75 (-5), 61st María Hernández, 71 71 73 (-1 ).

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