Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Muñoz confirmed

Ciganda and Muñoz occupy the first Spanish positions in the world golf ranking, in positions 30 and 107, at the close of the qualification period

by Andrea Gussoni
Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Muñoz confirmed
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Carlota Ciganda and Azahara Muñoz have qualified for the Olympic Games for the third time and will be the two Spaniards who will jump to Le Golf National in search of the Paris 2024 medals, their federation confirmed this Monday.

The women's tournament will be held on the Versalles field from August 7 to 10, three days after the men's tournament concludes, in which Jon Rahm and David Puig will participate. Ciganda and Muñoz occupy the first Spanish positions in the world golf ranking, in positions 30 and 107, at the close of the qualification period.

Carlota Ciganda, results

Americans Nelly Korda, gold in Tokyo 2020, and Lilia Vu top the list. Carlota Ciganda finished in 39th place at the Rio 2016 Games and 29th at the Tokyo 2020 Games, while Azahara Muñoz was twenty-first eight years ago and fiftieth in the last edition.

The Navarrese player has seven victories on the Ladies European Tour, three on the LPGA and four great contributions to the European team's triumphs in the Solheim Cup in 2013, 2019, 2021 and 2023. Azahara Muñoz, for her part, has three Solheim Cups (2011, 2013 and 2019) and at the Madrid Ladies Masters 2009 of the European Circuit she won her first tournament as a professional.

She then won two victories on the American Women's Circuit, two consecutive victories in the Women's French Open (2013 and 2014) and another two in the Women's Spanish Open (2016 and 2017), the first Spaniard to lift the champion's cup.

Carlota Ciganda Machiñena (Pamplona, ​​Navarra, June 1, 1990) is a Spanish golfer who participates in the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour. In 2012, the year of her LET debut, she won the Order of Merit and was named Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

Born in Pamplona (Navarra, Spain), Ciganda began playing golf at the age of 5, encouraged by her father. She is the niece of the soccer player and coach José Ángel Ziganda. She completed her university studies in the United States, at the University of Arizona, between 2008 and 2011,1 where she graduated in business administration and management.

She also Ciganda she speaks four languages.2 Carlota Ciganda had a brilliant career as an amateur player, winning the British Ladies Amateur tournament in 2007. In 2009 she was runner-up to Azahara Muñoz. She also won the European Ladies Amateur Championship twice, in 2004 and 2008.

She was also national champion in different youth categories consecutively from 2000 to 2008, with the exception of 2005. 3 She was a member in 2006 and 2008 of the European Ladies Amateur Championship. Espirito Santo Trophy, and came second in 2008.

She was also part of the European teams in the Junior Solheim Cup (2005 and 2007) and the Junior Ryder Cup (2004 and 2006).