The player from Navarra achieved a brilliant third place at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the second Grand Slam tournament of the year, and consolidates her position to be part of the European team at Finca Cortesín
A great last round of 64 strokes (-7), with five birdies and an eagle, almost made Carlota Ciganda became the first Spanish golfer to win a major, but in the end, the Navarrese golfer was two strokes behind the winner, the Chinese Ruoning Yin.
In any case, Carlota Ciganda showed she was in great form and equalled her best performance in a major after third places at the US Open 2018, the PGA 2020 and the Evian 2022.
The 33-year-old shared third place at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship with two Europeans, Sweden’s Ana Nordqvist and England’s Stephanie Meadow, undoubtedly good news for Suzann Petteren, captain of the European Solheim Cup team, and American Meghan Kang, among others.
This result has allowed Carlota Ciganda to gain a place in the world ranking for the Solheim Cup 2023, placing seventh ahead of Madelene Sagstrom, who would be the last one to enter directly in the European team.
And as for the LET ranking, it is still dominated by the Swedish Linn Grant, but another Spaniard as Ana Peláez continues steadily on the list, as with her last Top 10 achieved in the Czech Republic she is getting closer and closer to the also Swedish Maja Stark, second.
Changes in the world ranking of the US team
The tournament held in Springfield, USA, has also meant a change in the top positions of the world ranking for the US team, which is now led by Angel Yin, followed by Cheyenne Knight with only two tenths of a point less.
However, this has not been the case in the LPGA rankings, which continue to have Nelly Korda in first position, with six points more than Lilia Vu, in second position.