Andalusia Costa del Sol Open: Anne Van Dam retains title after & # 039; crazy day & # 039;

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Anne Van Dam won her fifth Ladies European Tour title Costa del Sol Open final leaderboard-13 A Van Dam (Ned); -12 N Madsen (Den), A Ashok (Ind); -9 A Munoz (Spa), O Cowan (Ger), J Engstrom (Swe) Selected others: -4 L Maguire (Ire); -3 L Young (Eng); +2 A Boulden (Wal); +3 C Matthew (Sco)

The Netherlands & # 39; Anne van Dam won the Costa del Sol Open in Andalusia for the second consecutive year after eliminating a deficit with one blow in the last hole.

Nanna Koerstz Madsen led through the final tee but sent her ride in a lake and then three-wells for double bogey.

Van Dam, 24, made par to finish at 13 under par at Marbella's Aloha Golf Club – one blow to Denmark's Madsen and India's Aditi Ashok.

"I did not expect that. That is golf. It was a crazy day," said Van Dam.

"Nanna is a good friend of mine and I would love to beat her in a play-off – that would have been a better feeling for me, but that is golf.

"She took more risk of hitting a driver off the tee and I hit an iron off the tee there all week. "

Van Dam, the tallest batter on both the Ladies European Tour and LPGA Tours in 2019, took her driver out of her bag for the tournament, but admitted that she would like to be reunited with it.

"I am not sure if we will stick to that because I would like to hit driver, but you didn't need a driver much this week," she said after concluding with a two-under-par 70.

"I just stayed with my plan, even though it was sometimes difficult to hit only three timber. It was a game plan that we made this week and it paid off. I had many options from the tee and I think that paid off. "

Madsen, who started the day three strokes for Van Dam but shot a closing two-over-par 74, admitted:" I lost; Anne didn't really win. I played terribly and had three double bogeys that cost me everything. "

Ireland Leona Maguire finished in shared 13th place in fourth under, while England Liz Young, who finished before the 16th, was the British top player.

The Andalucia Costa del Sol Open, which will be part of a new Race to the Costa del Sol format, will double its prize money from next year.

Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord, who finished in a draw for seventh in Spain, is set to the order of merit to win during next season's Kenya Ladies Open The German rookie Esther Henseleit is the only player who could beat her but should secure her first victory.

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