L.E.T. Lacoste Ladies Open de France. Azahara is Champion. September 29 2013

Lacoste Ladies Open de France Azahara Munoz from Spain is the Lacoste Ladies Open de France Champion at Chantaco Golf Club in France. Azahara Munoz / Getty Azahara shot a final round -5 under par 65, for a total of -14 under par to claim her third career victory on the Ladies European Tour. She especially liked the front nine on the Chantaco Golf Club course, carding five birdies to start her final round; “Right from the beginning I started to play really well; I hit it really close so I had a couple of tap-in birdies and in the end, I didn’t make many putts, but it was enough from the front nine so I’m really happy. It has so many birdie-able holes. The back nine is kind of tricky and I still haven’t got quite used to it but today I got quite lucky and made five birdies on the front and just one on the back, and that was good.” The French trio of Gwladys Nocera, Valentine Derrey and  Joanna Klatten,who started the day with a one shot lead, came up short in front of huge French supporting gallery. Gwladys, at  -13 under par, was frustrated; “I think I’m more frustrated by yesterday’s round. That three-putt on 18 cost me a lot and with two shots, and four shots ahead of Azahara, it would have been easier to start the day. I think it’s more yesterday I’m a little bit upset about and today we made too many mistakes, club mistakes, strategic mistakes. To me, when you play against a player like Azahara, I knew you cannot make any mistakes. She’s an amazing player. It’s the kind of player that doesn’t make mistakes and if you make some, you lose. That’s the game! When you’re in contention and you’re here in France and that close to winning and you don’t, it’s a little bit sad, but that’s golf. I’m playing good.” Valentine, also on -13 under par said she had played well, and was quite happy with her finish in second place; “I played well and was five under after nine: played solid golf and didn’t miss a lot. I missed a shot on 13 and had a bogey and on 14 my drive got in the rough so my second shot was a little hard and I made bogey but I’m happy with my week.” Joanna was a shot further back at -12 under par, with a final round of -2 under par 68, alone in fourth place.