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Azahara Muñoz
Muñoz at the 2010 Women's British Open
Personal information
Full name Azahara Muñoz Guijarro
Nickname Aza
Born (1987-11-19) 19 November 1987 (age 36)
Málaga, Spain
Height 1.64 m (5 ft 5 in)
Nationality  Spain
Residence Spain
Career
College Arizona State University
Turned professional 2009
Current tour(s) LPGA Tour (joined 2010)
Ladies European Tour (joined 2009)
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour 1
Ladies European Tour 5
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
Kraft Nabisco C'ship T7: 2014
LPGA Championship T4: 2014
U.S. Women's Open T19: 2010
Women's British Open T12: 2014
The Evian Championship T19: 2013
Achievements and awards
LPGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
2010

Azahara Muñoz Guijarro (born 19 November 1987) is a Spanish professional golfer on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour.

Amateur career

Muñoz was born in Málaga, Andalusia in southern Spain and had a successful amateur career in both Europe and the United States. She won the 2002 Spanish Amateur title at age 14, the 2004 Girls Amateur Championship, and was the 2009 British Ladies Amateur champion. Additionally, she was runner-up to Amanda Blumenherst at the 2008 U.S. Women's Amateur in Eugene, Oregon, and was a member of Europe's Junior Solheim Cup Team in 2002, 2003, and 2005.

At Arizona State, she was the 2008 NCAA Individual Champion in her junior year, winning by making a 25-foot (8 m) putt at the first hole of a playoff against UCLA's Tiffany Joh in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Surgery on her right wrist in January 2009 sidelined her for over a month during her senior year. In May, Muñoz finished fourth at the NCAA Championships in Maryland to lead the Sun Devils to the 2009 NCAA team title. She was the Edith Cummings Munson Award recipient in 2008 & 2009, the only double winner of the award. Muñoz was also 2006–08 NGCA Academic All-American, 2006–09 First-Team All-Pac-10, 2006–07 NGCA Second-Team All-American, 2009 NGCA All-American and 2009 Pac-10 Scholar of the Year. She graduated magna cum laude from ASU in May 2009 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in business.

In a final summer of amateur play, Muñoz won the match-play British Ladies Amateur in Wales over ASU teammate and compatriot Carlota Ciganda, then won gold medals (individual & team) for Spain at the 2009 Mediterranean Games in Italy. Although the runner-up in 2008, she opted not to participate in the 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur. She played in three professional majors as an amateur in 2009 and placed T-40 twice.

Professional career

2009

Muñoz turned professional in September 2009, two weeks prior to the first stage of the LPGA Tour Qualifying Tournament in California, in which she finished second and advanced to the final stage in December.

Back in Spain, she received a sponsor's exemption into the 2009 Madrid Ladies Masters, and made her professional debut on 1 October on the Ladies European Tour (LET). After shooting a 64 (−9) in the final round, she won the three-round event on the first playoff hole, defeating former ASU teammate Anna Nordqvist with an eagle putt; Muñoz earned 50,000 and a three-year LET exemption.

Following a rain-shortened one-round victory in Barcelona for 5,000 on the Banesto mini-tour in late October, Muñoz finished fifth at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in December in Florida to earn full playing privileges on the LPGA Tour for 2010. She ended the year ranked 179th in the Women's World Golf Rankings.

2010

In her rookie season of 2010, Muñoz made the cut in her first eleven events, and won over $402,000 in LPGA competition with two top ten finishes. She made the top twenty in the three majors she played, was 30th on the money list, and 17th in scoring. Muñoz handily won the competition for LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year with 704 points; the runner-up was compatriot Beatriz Recari with 419.

She won an additional €26,380 in five events on the Ladies European Tour (total 2010 LET earnings were €96,633 in seven events, with €70,253 from the two events co-sanctioned by the LPGA). Muñoz ended the year at 41st in the world rankings.

2012

Muñoz notched her first LPGA Tour victory at the Sybase Match Play Championship in Gladstone, New Jersey with a 2 and 1 victory over Candie Kung. In the semifinal round of match play against Morgan Pressel, Muñoz trailed by two through 11 holes. Pressel appeared to have won the 12th hole, which would have given her a three-hole lead over Muñoz, but a slow-play penalty was ruled against Pressel. Muñoz ended up winning the semifinal match against Pressel, 2 and 1. The victory in May vaulted Muñoz from 27th to 19th in the world rankings and from tenth to second on the 2012 money list.

Professional wins (6)

LPGA Tour (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score To par Margin of
victory
Runner-up Winner's
share ($)
1 20 May 2012 Sybase Match Play Championship 2 and 1 United States Candie Kung 375,000

LPGA Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2014 HSBC Women's Champions United States Paula Creamer Lost to eagle on second extra hole
2 2020 Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open United States Cheyenne Knight
United States Stacy Lewis
Denmark Emily Kristine Pedersen
Lewis won with birdie on first extra hole

Ladies European Tour (5)

No. Date Tournament Winning
score
To par Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share ()
1 3 Oct 2009 Madrid Ladies Masters 71-68-64=203 −16 Playoff1 Sweden Anna Nordqvist 50,000
2 29 Sep 2013 Lacoste Ladies Open de France 68-65-68-65=266 −14 1 stroke France Valentine Derrey
France Gwladys Nocera
37,500
3 5 Oct 2014 Lacoste Ladies Open de France (2) 67-68-67-67=269 −11 1 stroke Wales Amy Boulden
Spain María Hernández
37,500
4 25 Sep 2016 Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open De España 72-66-70-70=278 −10 1 stroke United States Beth Allen 45,000
5 24 Sep 2017 Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open De España Femenino (2) 69-64-67-69=269 −19 2 strokes Spain Carlota Ciganda
South Africa Lee-Anne Pace
45,000

1 Muñoz sank an eagle putt on the first playoff hole to win.

Results in LPGA majors

Results not in chronological order.

Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
ANA Inspiration T40 T52 T15 CUT T7 T56 T27 T20 T68 T69 T28
Women's PGA Championship T11 T8 CUT CUT T4 T53 T30 CUT CUT T37 CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Women's Open T40 T19 T45 T21 T48 T22 T32 CUT 62 T41 T55 T54 CUT T33
The Evian Championship ^ T19 T24 CUT 72 T48 T33 CUT NT CUT
Women's British Open CUT T19 T49 CUT CUT T12 T50 T17 T23 T47 T41 T39 CUT

^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013

     Top 10      Did not play CUT = missed the half-way cut
NT = no tournament
T = tied

Summary

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
ANA Inspiration 0 0 0 0 1 3 11 10
Women's PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 2 3 13 6
U.S. Women's Open 0 0 0 0 0 3 14 12
The Evian Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 5
Women's British Open 0 0 0 0 0 4 13 9
Totals 0 0 0 1 3 15 59 42
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 9 (2013 Evian – 2015 British Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (three times)

LPGA Tour career summary

Year Tournaments
played
Cuts
made*
Wins 2nd 3rd Top 10s Best
finish
Earnings
($)
Money
list rank
Scoring
average
Scoring
rank
2009 3 2 0 0 0 0 T40 n/a n/a 75.00 n/a
2010 21 17 0 0 0 2 T4 402,497 30 71.29 17
2011 23 21 0 1 1 3 T2 520,269 24 72.11 30
2012 26 22 1 2 1 9 1 1,230,751 8 70.90 9
2013 26 21 0 1 0 3 2 457,996 31 71.50 28
2014 27 26 0 2 0 10 2 1,051,332 9 70.47 8
2015 23 21 0 0 1 5 T3 504,100 32 71.28 23
2016 27 24 0 0 0 5 T5 440,802 43 71.34 37
2017 26 21 0 0 0 0 T15 286,417 63 71.47 61
2018 26 24 0 1 0 2 2 568,975 38 71.27 37
2019 26 25 0 1 1 7 T2 667,184 30 70.53 21
2020 14 10 0 1 0 1 T2 181,537 64 72.13 74
2021 22 14 0 0 0 0 T17 141,267 95 71.45 74
2022 4 4 0 0 0 0 T32 35,943 159 69.86 n/a
  • official through 2022 season

* Includes matchplay and other events without a cut.

World ranking

Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.

Year World
ranking
Source
2009 179
2010 41
2011 40
2012 16
2013 31
2014 14
2015 30
2016 50
2017 72
2018 54
2019 43
2020 69
2021 143
2022 282

Team appearances

Amateur

  • European Girls' Team Championship (representing Spain): 2001 (winners), 2002 (winners), 2003 (winners), 2004, 2005
  • Junior Solheim Cup (representing Europe): 2002, 2003 (winners), 2005
  • European Lady Junior's Team Championship (representing Spain): 2006
  • Espirito Santo Trophy (representing Spain): 2006, 2008
  • European Ladies' Team Championship (representing Spain): 2007 (winners), 2008

Professional

  • Solheim Cup (representing Europe): 2011 (winners), 2013 (winners), 2015, 2019 (winners)
  • International Crown (representing Spain): 2014 (winners)

Solheim Cup record

Year Total
matches
Total
W–L–H
Singles
W–L–H
Foursomes
W–L–H
Fourballs
W–L–H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 16 6–8–2 1–3–0 4–2–1 1–3–1 7 43.8
2011 4 2–1–1 1–0–0 def. A. Stanford 1 up 1–0–1 won w/ C. Matthew 3&2,
halved w/ C. Matthew
0–1–0 lost w/ M. Hjorth 3&1 2.5 62.5
2013 4 2–2–0 0–1–0 lost to B. Lang 2&1 1–1–0 won w/ K. Icher 2&1,
lost w/ K. Icher 1dn
1–0–0 won w/ C. Ciganda 1 up 2 50
2015 3 0–3–0 0–1–0 lost to L. Salas 3&1 0–1–0 lost w/ K. Icher 2&1 0–1–0 lost w/ C. Ciganda 3&2 0 0
2019 5 2–2–1 0–1–0 lost to A. Yin 2&1 2–0–0 won w/ C. Hull 2&1
won w/ C. Hull 4&3
0–1–1 halved w/ C. Hull
lost w/ C. Ciganda 2&1
2.5 50.0

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