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Open de España gets under way at Aloha

Azahara Muñoz during Thursday's play at Aloha.
Azahara Muñoz during Thursday's play at Aloha. / EFE
  • Local golfer Azahara Muñoz is looking for her third title following wins in 2016 and 2017; at the end of day one she was in 18th place

The Open de España competition got under way on Thursday, the first of four days of world class golf at the Aloha Club in Marbella.

Local star Azahara Muñoz went into the competition hopeful to secure her third victory after wins in 2016 and 2017 and a disappointing second place last year.

Muñoz takes on some of the stars of the European Tour such as last year's Open de España winner Anne Van Dam and American Christina Kim.

German player Olivia Cowan was in the lead after the first day, followed by Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord, Christina Kim, Van Dam and Cheyenne Woods, Tiger's niece. Muñoz was in 18th place after Thursday's play.