Munoz wins in Spain with Keelan on the bag

Azahara Munoz of Spain and her caddie celebrate in the terrace overlooking the course

Caddy Simon Keelan celebrates with Azahara Munoz after winning the Costa del Sol Open, Aloha Golf Club, Marbella, Spain 22-25 Sept. Picture: Tristan Jones/LET

Spain’s Azahara Munoz came from behind to win the LET Costa del Sol Open this weekend, with Corkman Simon Keelan caddying for the LPGA and LET professional.

It was a great turnaround for Munoz, who finished last of those who made the weekend at the Evian Championship last weekend.  Keelan has spent much of the summer caddying for the Spanish pro who has earned in excess of $5m in her six years on tour.    Munoz went into the final round one shot behind Beth Allen, after losing her 36 hole lead.  It looked as if Allen would run away with the tournament at one point when she was three ahead but a few unforced errors from the US golfer brought Munoz back into contention.

“Aza was very relaxed during the round, similar to all week really.” said Keelan speaking on Sunday evening after the tournament.  “It’s amazing when you think she had the weight of a nation’s expectations on her shoulders and no previous Spanish winner.  At the start of the day, after Allen’s back nine yesterday (-5, 31) I felt we needed a fast start and probably a 68 to get it done.  Allen went three ahead with a birdie on 9, and Aza had a big four footer down hill for par on 11, I felt if she missed we were done.  Sure enough, Aza made it and Allen bogeyed 12 & 13.”  A birdie on 17th brought Munoz back level with Allen.  Beth then went on to bogey the final hole, and Munoz parred to capture her first professional title in Spain.

Keelan is back in Cork now with just over a week off before he heads on a five tournament run in Asia.

Azahara Munoz of Spain and her caddie celebrate a birdie on the 17th hole during the final round

Azahara Munoz celebrates a birdie with her caddie Simon Keelan on the 17th hole during the final round. Picture: Tristan Jones/LET

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