Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open R3

Laura Fuenfstueck takes 2-shot lead into final day

September 26-29
Golf Club de Terramar, Barcelona, Spain
€300,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Laura Fuenfstueck dug deep to keep her name at the top of the leader board but home favourite Carlota Ciganda is two shots back heading into the final round of the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open at Golf Club Terramar in Sitges, near Barcelona.

Mediterranean Ladies Open R3 - Laura Fuenfstueck dug deep to keep her name at the top of the leader board, home favourite Carlota Ciganda is two shots back
Laura Fuenfstueck. Credit: Ladies European Tour

Fuenfstueck started the third round with a three-stroke advantage at six-under-par and birdied the second and fifth holes, building a five stroke lead. The 24-year-old from Langen, Germany, then birdied the seventh but bogeyed the 11th to drop to eight-under. Ciganda then joined her after four birdies and an eagle in her first 12 holes.

Fuenfstueck showed nerves of steel to bounce back with a birdie on the long 12th hole, regaining a one-stroke advantage. She then birdied the 14th to reach 10-under.

Ciganda had previously birdied the 14th, but made her first bogey of the day on the picturesque par-3 15th, having chipped short of the hole and two-putted.

She made another birdie on the par-5 16th, but found the sand off the tee on the par-3 17th, resulting in another bogey.

Fuenfstueck had further chances, lipping out from short range on 17 and then rolling her birdie putt past the hole on 18.

“I had two lip-outs but some of the earlier putts that I made evened it out,” said the 24-year-old, from Langen, Germany, looking for her first professional title.

“I think the greens are rolling perfectly. Once I see the lines, I can walk up to the putt and know I’ve got it. Hopefully that continues tomorrow.”

Fuenfstueck said that she was aware – and expected – the Spanish Solheim Cup player to surge up the leaderboard. She had watched Ciganda in the Solheim Cup and played with her father, Jesus Ciganda, in the Pro-Am.

“Carlota was two-under at the beginning of the day and I knew someone was going to charge at me, probably her, so I’m quite happy I’m still two ahead and I can’t wait to go out tomorrow.”

Mediterranean Ladies Open R3 - Laura Fuenfstueck dug deep to keep her name at the top of the leader board, home favourite Carlota Ciganda is two shots back
Carlota Ciganda. Credit: Ladies European Tour

Europe’s top-ranked player at 12th on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings, Ciganda was pleased with her six-under 65.

The 29-year-old from Pamplona said: “I played pretty well today and made lots of birdies out there. I made some really good putts and missed a short one, but I made an eagle and three-under on each nine. I’m very happy with the score and right there for tomorrow.

“The course was very difficult and when I practised the first days, I thought the scores would be pretty high and 10 to 12-under would win it. You have to be very patient out there to make as few mistakes as possible.

“I would love to win. Playing in Spain is always special and my family and friends are here, the club is really nice, so hopefully I can get that win for them tomorrow.”

Finland’s Sanna Nuutinen is three strokes back at five-under-par and will play in the final group. The last round will broadcast internationally and live streamed on Sunday from 12-3pm Spanish time.


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DP World Tour Rankings

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
-10
68
68
67
203
2
Carlota Ciganda (ESP)
-8
72
68
65
205
3
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
-5
71
70
67
208
4
Esther Henseleit (GER)
-4
70
71
68
209
5
Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ)
-3
72
70
68
210
6
Christine Wolf (AUT)
-2
75
68
68
211
7
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
-1
75
71
66
212
7
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
-1
71
71
70
212
7
Aditi Ashok (IND)
-1
74
67
71
212
10
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
Par
73
71
69
213
10
Lydia Hall (WAL)
Par
73
68
72
213
10
Whitney Hillier (AUS)
Par
75
66
72
213
13
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
1
70
74
70
214
13
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
1
71
68
75
214
15
Krista Bakker (FIN)
2
70
75
70
215
15
Beth Allen (USA)
2
68
76
71
215
15
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
2
76
70
69
215
15
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
2
71
71
73
215
15
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
2
71
70
74
215
15
Beatriz Recari (ESP)
2
70
70
75
215
15
Olivia Cowan (GER)
2
70
69
76
215
15
Filippa Moork (SWE)
2
71
68
76
215
23
Sarah Schober (AUT)
3
72
73
71
216
23
Lynn Carlsson (SWE)
3
69
73
74
216
23
Emily Kristine Pedersen (DEN)
3
73
73
70
216
23
Jessica Karlsson (SWE)
3
72
70
74
216
23
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
3
74
66
76
216
28
Tvesa Malik (IND)
4
73
72
72
217
28
Manon De Roey (BEL)
4
71
71
75
217
28
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
4
72
70
75
217
31
Liz Young (ENG)
5
75
69
74
218
31
Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)
5
71
72
75
218
31
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
5
75
71
72
218
31
Magdalena Simmermacher (ARG)
5
73
70
75
218
31
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
5
71
70
77
218
36
Becky Morgan (WAL)
6
73
73
73
219
36
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
6
71
75
73
219
36
Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA)
6
75
72
72
219
36
Karolin Lampert (GER)
6
74
73
72
219
36
Justine Dreher (FRA)
6
73
74
72
219
41
Kiran Matharu (ENG)
7
72
72
76
220
41
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
7
70
76
74
220
41
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
7
72
75
73
220
41
Diksha Dagar (IND)
7
75
72
73
220
45
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
8
74
71
76
221
45
Manon Molle (FRA)
8
75
70
76
221
45
Luna Sobron (ESP)
8
72
73
76
221
45
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
8
72
71
78
221
45
Chloe Leurquin (BEL)
8
74
72
75
221
45
Stefania Avanzo (ITA)
8
68
79
74
221
45
Kylie Henry (SCO)
8
74
73
74
221
52
Marta Llorca (ESP) (a)
9
72
73
77
222
52
Carly Booth (SCO)
9
75
71
76
222
52
Cajsa Persson (SWE)
9
72
74
76
222
52
Mariell Bruun (NOR)
9
75
71
76
222
52
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
9
73
74
75
222
52
Emie Peronnin (FRA)
9
73
74
75
222
52
Inci Mehmet (ENG)
9
75
72
75
222
59
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
10
72
72
79
223
59
Florentyna Parker (ENG)
10
77
69
77
223
59
Fanny Cnops (BEL)
10
75
72
76
223
62
Rochelle Morris (ENG)
12
74
73
78
225
CUT
63
Andrea Jonama (ESP)
6
72
76
148
63
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
6
74
74
148
63
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
6
77
71
148
63
Maria Beautell (ESP)
6
74
74
148
63
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
6
74
74
148
63
Catriona Matthew (SCO)
6
74
74
148
63
Patricia Sanz Barrio (ESP)
6
73
75
148
70
Sian Evans (ENG)
7
75
74
149
70
Silvia Banon (ESP)
7
78
71
149
70
Marta Martin (ESP)
7
75
74
149
70
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
7
75
74
149
70
Linda Wessberg (SWE)
7
76
73
149
70
Elia Folch (ESP)
7
76
73
149
70
Sofie Bringner (SWE)
7
71
78
149
77
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
8
76
74
150
77
Michele Thomson (SCO)
8
76
74
150
77
Manon Gidali (FRA)
8
76
74
150
77
Gemma Clews (ENG)
8
74
76
150
77
Mireia Prat (ESP)
8
73
77
150
77
Mathilda Cappeliez (FRA)
8
73
77
150
83
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
9
78
73
151
83
Maria Palacios (PER)
9
76
75
151
83
Lauren Taylor (ENG)
9
78
73
151
86
Emilie Alonso (FRA)
10
77
75
152
86
Emilie Piquot (FRA)
10
74
78
152
86
Jade Schaeffer-Calmels (FRA)
10
76
76
152
86
Trish Johnson (ENG)
10
82
70
152
86
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
10
75
77
152
86
Niina Liias (FIN)
10
76
76
152
92
Frida Gustafsson Spang (SWE)
11
76
77
153
92
Charlotte Leathem (ENG)
11
78
75
153
92
Ines Lescudier (FRA)
11
79
74
153
95
Natalia Escuriola Martinez (ESP)
12
77
77
154
95
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
12
76
78
154
95
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
12
79
75
154
95
Leticia Ras-anderica (GER)
12
73
81
154
99
Camilla Hedberg (ESP)
13
81
74
155
99
Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA)
13
78
77
155
99
Georgia Iziemgbe Oboh (NGR)
13
78
77
155
102
Amy Walsh (AUS)
14
81
75
156
102
Leslie Cloots (BEL)
14
79
77
156
102
Nadine Dreher (AUT)
14
76
80
156
105
Minea Blomqvist (FIN)
16
79
79
158
105
Astha Madan (IND)
16
81
77
158
107
Ana Menendez (MEX)
22
83
81
164
108
Diana Luna (ITA)
82
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