Carlota Ciganda suffers her biggest nightmare

Ciganda struggled with a round of 85 strokes, thirteen over par. She dropped to 32nd place with a total of 225 strokes (+9)

by Andrea Gussoni
Carlota Ciganda suffers her biggest nightmare
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Carlota Ciganda started the third round of the T-Mobile Match Play in Las Vegas as a co-leader, aiming to maintain her position at the top and secure a spot among the top eight players who would compete for the title in direct elimination matches starting from the quarterfinals.

However, the Spanish golfer experienced one of her worst nightmares.

Carlota Ciganda, results

Ciganda struggled with a round of 85 strokes, thirteen over par. She dropped to 32nd place with a total of 225 strokes (+9). The cut for the top eight was set with Irish player Leona Maguire (210), Japanese player Minami Katsu, and American players Angel Yin and Rose Zhang (213), South Korean player Sei Young Kim (214), American player Nelly Korda (2015), South Korean player Narin An (216), Thai player Moriya Jutanugarn, South Korean player Hae Ran Ryu, Canadian player Brooke Henderson, and Japanese player Yuka Sao (218).

The rules of golf are a set of standard norms and procedures governing the sport of golf. They are jointly written and managed by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, the governing body for golf worldwide, except for the United States and Mexico, which fall under the jurisdiction of the United States Golf Association.

A committee of experts composed of members from the R&A and USGA oversees and refines the rules every four years. The latest revision has been in effect since January 1, 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally fall into two main categories: those that improve understanding and those that, in certain cases, reduce penalties to ensure fairness.

The rulebook, titled "Rules of Golf," is regularly published and also includes regulations governing amateur status. In Italy, it is the responsibility of the Federgolf to oversee competitions, enforce the rules issued by the R&A, ensure that these rules are observed by clubs, associations, and their members, and manage the resulting sports justice, protecting their interests abroad.

The rules of golf are relatively complex compared to other sports because they are applied outdoors, close to nature and animals. Respect for the rules is a fundamental element in the game of golf, which, based almost always on self-control and the free conscience of the players, often sees distorted results, sometimes consciously, but often unconsciously or due to carelessness, due to the non-observance of many players of the rules of the game.

In addition to the rules, golf adheres to a code of conduct, known as etiquette, which generally means playing the game with due respect for the golf course and other players. Etiquette is an indispensable component of this sport.