Ladies European Tour: Lynn Grant beats Maja Stark in Costa del Sol as England’s Cara Gainer leads Open de Espana | Golf news

Sweden’s Lynn Grant and Maja Stark fight to win the Costa del Sol race; England’s Cara Gainer leads after the first round of the Open de Espana, with Grant third and Stark seventh – Watch the second round on Sky Sports Golf on Friday

Last Updated: 11/24/22 6:35 PM

Highlights from the first round of the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de Espana on the Ladies European Tour

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Highlights from the first round of the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de Espana on the Ladies European Tour

Highlights from the first round of the Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de Espana on the Ladies European Tour

Sweden’s Lynn Grant is well ahead of compatriot and Race to Costa del Sol rival Maja Stark after the opening round of the Spanish Open, while England’s Cara Gainer holds the tournament lead.

Grant holds a narrow points lead over Stark in the race to become the 2022 European Ladies Tour champion golfer and will take the crown if she finishes on or level with her fellow Swede in Marbella.

Grant, who has won four titles this year compared to Stark’s three, birdied the 23-year-old to move into a share of third place, birdieing his last three holes to shoot a two-over five-under 68 after three holes. At Alferini Golf.

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Stark fired a four-under 69 for a share of the seventh, the 22-year-old failing to match three consecutive birdies at the death of Grant after birdies on 16 and 17.

Stark was worried about scoring three goals in the 10th and 11th and recording back-to-back passes.

Lynn Grant has a narrow lead over fellow Race to Costa del Sol title challenger and fellow Swede Maja Stark after the opening round in Spain.

Lynn Grant has a narrow lead over fellow Race to Costa del Sol title challenger and fellow Swede Maja Stark after the opening round in Spain.

Leading the way on the day was Gainer, who had nine birdies and two bogeys in a seven-under 66, one stroke clear of defending champion Carlota Ciganda, who played the final six holes before suffering a double-bogey seven at the 11th.

Ireland’s Leona Maguire, who finished second to Lydia Ko at the CME Group Tour Championship on the LPGA Tour last week, continued her good form with a five-under 68 to join Grant in a share of third place.

Watch the second round of the Open de Espana live on Sky Sports on Friday. Coverage starts at 1pm on the Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel, followed by Sky Sports Golf, Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Mix at 3pm.

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