Anne Van Dam wins Open de España for second year running

Azahara Muñoz on Sunday
Azahara Muñoz on Sunday / EFE
  • The Dutchwoman won the trophy on the last day, while Malaga-born Azahara Muñoz secured fourth place

Dutch golfer Anne Van Dam left it late but ultimately came out on top in this year's Open de España, hosted by Aloha Golf in Marbella, winning on Sunday in a tournament in which the Malaga-born Azahara Muñoz came fourth.

Van Dam won the tournament last year, but looked like she may well have scuppered her chances of repeating her victory coming into the last day of the Open after an 18th hole to forget the day before. This had left the Dane Nanna Madsen and the Swede Julia Engstrom three clear of Van Dam.

It was the Indian Aditi Ashok who burst into action first on Sunday, leapfrogging Madsen with three birdies between the second and fourth holes, while Madsen, who had led going into the penultimate day of the tournament and throughout much of Saturday, hit a double bogey on the third hole.

Madsen fought back, however, with a birdie on the seventh hole and a spectacular eagle on the ninth, which boosted her back into top spot. Van Dam did everything she could to keep up with the Dane, but Madsen still had an advantage of two over her rival going into the last nine holes.

Van Dam poses with her trophy

Van Dam poses with her trophy / EFE

She blew her lead, however, with an unexpected double bogey on the 13th hole. This meant she was level with Van Dam going into the 18th, where the Dutchwoman finally secured victory.

Azahara Muñoz finished in fourth place, making her the highest-ranked Spaniard at this tournament. She managed to finish every day below the par, but this was not enough for her to emerge victorious in a tournament which she has won twice before, in 2016 and 2017. Nuria Iturrioz finished in 10th place on -6, while Beatriz Recari and Luna Sobrón both finished in 20th place.