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Pedersen claims victory in the women's Open de España in Marbella

Winner Emily Kristine Pedersen, centre, flanked by Nuria Iturrioz and Ana Peláez.
Winner Emily Kristine Pedersen, centre, flanked by Nuria Iturrioz and Ana Peláez. / JOSELE
  • Ana Peláez from Rincón de la Victoria took third place and Nuria Iturrioz of the Balearics finished second behind the Dane

The women's Andalucía Costa del Sol Open de España at Guadalmina, Marbella, came to an end on Sunday with a triumph for Dane Emily Kristine Pedersen, number one in the rankings. Her victory confirmed her top place on the Race to the Costa del Sol tour, thanks to her five wins in 2020.

The player ended the week of competition with a spectacular final round with a total of 66 strokes (six under par) and 15 under overall.

Second place went to Nuria Iturrioz of the Balearics, who led the competition until the end of the third day and who pace with the number one.

Emily Kristine Pedersen kisses the cup on Sunday.

Emily Kristine Pedersen kisses the cup on Sunday. / EFE

In third place came the surprise star of the tournament, local player Ana Peláez, who with her total score of -7, gained a place on the podium. With this success the amateur golfer rounded off an excellent debut among the best of the tour, adding this third-place finish to her win in the Santander Golf Tour in Madrid.

Originally from Rincón de la Victoria, Peláez was one of the most satisfied players after the tournament, aware of what she had achieved. Her excellent play on the green was a "dream come true" - she played among the best of the tour and shared a course with her much admired fellow golfer Azahara Muñoz, who ended this Open in joint sixth position.

Muñoz, from San Pedro Alcántara, improved as the tournament progressed, after a less impressive start finishing the first day with 72 strokes.

Nevertheless, she is still to be congratulated, as her finish has confirmed her position as the top Spanish player on the Ladies European Tour.