Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open De España R3

Emily Pedersen takes one shot lead heading into final

November 26-29
Real Club de Golf Guadalmina – South Course, Málaga
€600,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Open De España 2020 R3 - Emily Pedersen takes one shot lead heading into final
Emily Kristine Pedersen. Courtesy of the Ladies European Tour


Denmark’s Emily Kristine Pedersen closed with a sensational eagle at the 54th hole to post a bogey-free round of 68 (-4) to leapfrog Spain’s Nuria Iturrioz and assume a one-shot lead atop the Andalucía Costa Del Sol Open De España leaderboard.


Paired with the home-favourite for each of the first three days, Pedersen struck a towering hybrid from 171 meters to 30ft on the reachable par five 18th hole before calmly rolling home for her 13th eagle of the season.

The 24-year-old is looking to cap a historic season which has seen her lift four trophies already and seal the inaugural Race to Costa del Sol crown.



Looking to become the first LET player to win three consecutive events since Marie-Laure de Lorenzi achieved the feat in 1989, Pedersen added,

“It never gets boring leading; this is why I practice so hard to be in this position so no complaints from me. I took a chance with the second shot on 18, I knew it was risky but I was confident I could pull it off, I hit it really solid today and played well but I couldn’t quite make the putts today, until the end.”


Trailing by a stroke at eight-under-par for the week and looking to emulate her compatriot Azahara Muñoz as the only native to win the tournament, Iturrioz led by as many as five shots after three successive opening birdies but faltered in the middle of her round to shoot a level-par 72.

“The course isn’t easy to play in these conditions, but I made a few bad decisions out there which led to three bogeys and that’s it. I hope I keep playing like this tomorrow, with less mistakes and we will see what happens.”



Smiling throughout the day, the three-time LET winner is taking it all in her stride and is looking to learn more from tomorrow than just competing for her home open title.

“Emily played really good golf, not making any bogeys but she is playing amazing this year. I told my coach that I could learn from her with some shots, so I am looking forward to having a fight with her tomorrow, and the players behind.”

Joining the pair in the final group and occupying solo third spot after a third round of 67 (-5) is Morocco’s Maha Haddioui. Looking to make history of her own as the first Arabic winner on Tour, the 31-year-old, who is competing in her eighth season on Tour, added:

“I got a new putter this week and that is definitely staying in the bag. I am getting some good momentum from playing in a lot of tournaments and I’ve done a lot of work on my swing, mentally and my short game and it is just starting to pay off now. I am in a comfortable position and so happy to be playing. I am so grateful to be out here competing.”



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The only amateur to make the cut is local star Ana Pelaez, who impressed with a round of 68 (-4) to move to T7 alongside her Spanish idol Azahara Muñoz. A tee-time that the 22-year-old is excited about, the pair will be joined by Finland’s Sanna Nuutinen at 10.00am.

Pelaez added:“The truth is that Azahara Muñoz and Carlota Ciganda are real role models in my career, and to equal something like this would be wonderful and I will remember it all my life. I can’t wait to learn from and play with Aza tomorrow.”




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Emily Kristine Pedersen (DEN)
-9
68
71
68
207
2
Nuria Iturrioz (ESP)
-8
66
70
72
208
3
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
-6
72
71
67
210
4
Luna Sobron Galmes (ESP)
-5
70
70
71
211
5
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
-4
68
71
73
212
6
Manon Gidali (FRA)
-3
71
73
69
213
7
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
-2
67
73
74
214
7
Ana Pelaez (ESP) (a)
-2
75
71
68
214
7
Azahara Munoz (ESP)
-2
74
71
69
214
10
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
-1
75
68
72
215
10
Annabel Dimmock (ENG)
-1
75
73
67
215
10
Maiken Bing Paulsen (NOR)
-1
76
70
69
215
10
Kylie Henry (SCO)
-1
72
72
71
215
10
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
-1
73
70
72
215
15
Manon De Roey (BEL)
Par
71
75
70
216
15
Karolin Lampert (GER)
Par
70
75
71
216
17
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
1
72
76
69
217
17
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
1
75
71
71
217
17
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
1
73
71
73
217
20
Sarah Schober (AUT)
2
73
76
69
218
20
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
2
73
75
70
218
20
Olivia Cowan (GER)
2
73
73
72
218
20
Esther Henseleit (GER)
2
71
75
72
218
24
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
3
78
74
67
219
24
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
3
77
75
67
219
24
Laura Murray (SCO)
3
78
71
70
219
24
Karina Kukkonen (FIN)
3
76
73
70
219
24
Christine Wolf (AUT)
3
75
73
71
219
24
Pia Babnik (SLO)
3
74
73
72
219
24
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
3
74
71
74
219
24
Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso (ITA)
3
72
73
74
219
24
Alice Hewson (ENG)
3
68
76
75
219
33
Leonie Harm (GER)
4
75
77
68
220
33
Magdalena Simmermacher (ARG)
4
72
80
68
220
33
Marta Sanz Barrio (ESP)
4
75
75
70
220
33
Harang Lee (ESP)
4
74
75
71
220
33
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
4
74
75
71
220
33
Hannah Burke (ENG)
4
75
72
73
220
33
Sophie Hausmann (GER)
4
72
75
73
220
33
Chloe Williams (WAL)
4
78
73
69
220
41
Aditi Ashok (IND)
5
77
75
69
221
41
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
5
74
78
69
221
41
Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP)
5
71
79
71
221
41
Kim Metraux (SUI)
5
75
74
72
221
41
Maria Parra (ESP)
5
77
72
72
221
41
Celine Herbin (FRA)
5
70
75
76
221
41
Morgane Metraux (SUI)
5
72
73
76
221
48
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
6
78
73
71
222
48
Marta Martin (ESP)
6
75
75
72
222
48
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
6
73
71
78
222
51
Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA)
7
72
79
72
223
51
Alison Muirhead (SCO)
7
75
75
73
223
51
Natalia Escuriola Martinez (ESP)
7
74
74
75
223
51
Tiia Koivisto (FIN)
7
74
77
72
223
55
Caroline Hedwall (SWE)
9
76
76
73
225
55
Amy Boulden (WAL)
9
73
75
77
225
57
Nicole Garcia (RSA)
10
76
76
74
226
57
Florentyna Parker (ENG)
10
79
73
74
226
57
Linda Wessberg (SWE)
10
74
76
76
226
57
Lydia Hall (WAL)
10
71
76
79
226
61
Maria Beautell (ESP)
11
76
76
75
227
61
Sian Evans (ENG)
11
77
75
75
227
61
Camilla Hedberg (ESP)
11
73
75
79
227
64
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
12
76
76
76
228
65
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
13
80
71
78
229
66
Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)
9
81
72
153
66
Lee-Anne Pace (RSA)
9
75
78
153
66
Hayley Davis (ENG)
9
76
77
153
66
Gudrun Bjorgvinsdottir (ISL)
9
77
76
153
66
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
9
77
76
153
66
Katja Pogacar (SLO)
9
76
77
153
66
Natasha Fear (ESP)
9
76
77
153
66
Mireia Prat (ESP)
9
74
79
153
66
Sarina Schmidt (GER)
9
73
80
153
66
Anne-charlotte Mora (FRA)
9
77
76
153
76
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
10
77
77
154
76
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
10
76
78
154
76
Isabella Deilert (SWE)
10
77
77
154
76
Carolin Kauffmann (GER)
10
78
76
154
80
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
11
80
75
155
81
Line Toft Hansen (DEN)
12
77
79
156
81
Gemma Dryburgh (SCO)
12
75
81
156
83
Susana Ribeiro (POR)
13
80
77
157
83
Whitney Hillier (AUS)
13
78
79
157
83
Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ)
13
82
75
157
86
Laura Gomez Ruiz (ESP)
14
81
77
158
86
Dulcie Sverdloff (ENG)
14
76
82
158
86
Diksha Dagar (IND)
14
83
75
158
86
Elia Folch (ESP)
14
80
78
158
86
Beth Allen (USA)
14
81
77
158
91
Jenny Haglund (SWE)
16
79
81
160
91
Lilas Pinthier (FRA) (a)
16
79
81
160
93
Michele Thomson (SCO)
17
78
83
161
94
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
19
83
80
163
95
Stina Resen (NOR)
21
85
80
165
96
Karoline Lund (NOR)
75
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