Lacoste Ladies Open de France R1

Azahara Muñoz and Madelene Sagstrom tied for lead

September 19-22
Golf du Médoc, Chateaux Course, Le Pian-Médoc, France
€325,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Azahara Muñoz and Madelene Sagstrom carded a pair of five-under-par 66s in warm and sunny conditions on the Chateaux Course at Golf du Médoc near Bordeaux on Thursday morning to set the clubhouse lead in the Lacoste Ladies Open de France.

Open de France R1 - Azahara Muñoz and Madelene Sagstrom carded a pair of five-under-par 66s in warm and sunny conditions to set the clubhouse lead
Azahara Muñoz. Credit: Tristan Jones

Muñoz, a star of Europe’s victorious Solheim Cup team at Gleneagles last week, made six birdies and dropped only one shot at the 13th to put herself in position to earn the title for the third time, having tasted success in the event when it was played at Chantaco in 2013 and 2014.

She said after her round: “It was a great day. I gave myself lots of chances and only missed one fairway which was on my first hole of the day, the 10th, and I saved a great par. After that, I played really solid and gave myself lots of birdie chances and I made some really nice putts.

“I was really tired on Monday and Tuesday, but I was pretty smart and took it easy on Tuesday. I only practised for an hour to an hour-and-a-half, that was it. I wanted to practise more but I thought, at the end of the day, you have to be feeling good when the tournament comes and that’s what I did. Last week I played some great golf and hopefully I can keep it going.”


Sagstrom, who made her debut on the European Solheim Cup team at Des Moines, Iowa, in 2017, missed out on playing in the event last week, although her boyfriend, Jack Clarke, was caddying for Caroline Hedwall.

She said: “It was hard, because I wanted to be there really badly and I knew I didn’t play well enough to get in, but at the same time, I feel like I have the game to compete on that level. It was kind of heart breaking, but at the same time it was such a good match and it was so amazing. Watching Suzann finish that last putt off, it was just awesome.”

She is feeling fresh after taking three weeks off and explained: “I had a good practise session three weeks ago with my coach, Hans. I took a week off from playing. Then I went back home to see family and basically spent the entire time in the woods, picking mushrooms and hanging out.

“I only really watched on Sunday, on the couch with my dad, having become tired from the vacation.”

Open de France R1 - Azahara Muñoz and Madelene Sagstrom carded a pair of five-under-par 66s in warm and sunny conditions to set the clubhouse lead
Madelene Sagstrom. Credit: Tristan Jones

Her bogey-free round of five-under included four birdies on the back nine and one on the front.

Sanna Nutinnen, a runner-up in the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open three weeks ago, is a shot back on four-under.

Defending champion Caroline Hedwall was tied for the lead on four-under-par before she dropped five shots in three holes at the end of her round, a bogey on the fifth followed by double bogeys on the sixth and seventh, but she steadied the ship with a pair of closing pars for an opening round of one-over 72.

Fellow Solheim Cup players Nelly Korda from the USA and Celine Boutier of France carded rounds of three-under-par and one-under-par to sit in a share of fourth and 12th place respectively heading into the second round.


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Official World Golf Ranking

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Azahara Munoz (ESP)
-5
66
1
Madelene Sagstrom (SWE)
-5
66
3
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
-4
67
4
Linnea Strom (SWE)
-3
68
4
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
-3
68
4
Joanna Klatten (FRA)
-3
68
4
Nelly Korda (USA)
-3
68
8
Esther Henseleit (GER)
-2
69
8
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
-2
69
8
Jessica Karlsson (SWE)
-2
69
8
Olivia Cowan (GER)
-2
69
12
Manon De Roey (BEL)
-1
70
12
Karolin Lampert (GER)
-1
70
12
Mathilda Cappeliez (FRA)
-1
70
12
Jenny Haglund (SWE)
-1
70
12
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
-1
70
12
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
-1
70
12
Lydia Hall (WAL)
-1
70
12
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
-1
70
12
Celine Boutier (FRA)
-1
70
12
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
-1
70
12
Anais Meyssonnier (FRA)
-1
70
12
Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ)
-1
70
24
Whitney Hillier (AUS)
Par
71
24
Silvia Banon (ESP)
Par
71
24
Diana Luna (ITA)
Par
71
24
Justine Dreher (FRA)
Par
71
24
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
Par
71
24
Carly Booth (SCO)
Par
71
24
Aditi Ashok (IND)
Par
71
24
Michele Thomson (SCO)
Par
71
24
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
Par
71
33
Diksha Dagar (IND)
1
72
33
Caroline Hedwall (SWE)
1
72
33
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
1
72
33
Kylie Henry (SCO)
1
72
33
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
1
72
33
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
1
72
33
Celine Herbin (FRA)
1
72
33
Fanny Cnops (BEL)
1
72
33
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
1
72
33
Emilie Alonso (FRA)
1
72
43
Liz Young (ENG)
2
73
43
Jade Schaeffer-Calmels (FRA)
2
73
43
Tvesa Malik (IND)
2
73
43
Christine Wolf (AUT)
2
73
43
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
2
73
43
Camilla Lennarth (SWE)
2
73
43
Ariane Provot (FRA)
2
73
43
Linda Wessberg (SWE)
2
73
43
Cajsa Persson (SWE)
2
73
43
Luna Sobron (ESP)
2
73
43
Lucrezia Colombotto Rosso (ITA)
2
73
54
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
3
74
54
Filippa Moork (SWE)
3
74
54
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
3
74
54
Krista Bakker (FIN)
3
74
54
Emily Kristine Pedersen (DEN)
3
74
54
Marie Fourquier (FRA)
3
74
54
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
3
74
54
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
3
74
54
Emie Peronnin (FRA)
3
74
54
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
3
74
64
Ines Lescudier (FRA)
4
75
64
Laura Gomez Ruiz (ESP)
4
75
64
Frida Gustafsson Spang (SWE)
4
75
64
Becky Morgan (WAL)
4
75
64
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
4
75
64
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
4
75
64
Lynn Carlsson (SWE)
4
75
64
Candice Mahe (FRA) (a)
4
75
64
Amy Walsh (AUS)
4
75
73
Elia Folch (ESP)
5
76
73
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
5
76
73
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
5
76
73
Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA)
5
76
73
Ana Menendez (MEX)
5
76
73
Florentyna Parker (ENG)
5
76
73
Maria Palacios (PER)
5
76
73
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
5
76
73
Minea Blomqvist (FIN)
5
76
73
Sian Evans (ENG)
5
76
83
Stefania Avanzo (ITA)
6
77
83
Astha Madan (IND)
6
77
83
Beth Allen (USA)
6
77
83
Alexandra Bonetti (FRA)
6
77
83
Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)
6
77
83
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
6
77
83
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
6
77
83
Lara Plachetka Pohl (FRA)
6
77
91
Charlotte Leathem (ENG)
7
78
91
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
7
78
91
Manon Molle (FRA)
7
78
91
Chloe Leurquin (BEL)
7
78
91
Sarah Schober (AUT)
7
78
96
Kiran Matharu (ENG)
8
79
96
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
8
79
96
Trish Johnson (ENG)
8
79
96
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
8
79
96
Manon Gidali (FRA)
8
79
96
Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA)
8
79
96
Emilie Piquot (FRA)
8
79
103
Niina Liias (FIN)
10
81
104
Lucie Andre (FRA)
11
82
104
Emma Grechi (FRA)
11
82
106
Leticia Ras-anderica (GER)
12
83
106
Lauren Taylor (ENG)
12
83
108
Nadine Dreher (AUT)
13
84