Carlota Ciganda Machiñena (born 1 June 1990) is a professional golfer from Spain who plays on the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour. She won the LET's Order of Merit (money title) in her debut season in 2012, and was also named Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.
Ciganda at the 2009 Women's British Open
|Born||1 June 1990|
|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|College||Arizona State University|
|Current tour(s)||LET (joined 2012)|
LPGA Tour (joined 2012)
|Number of wins by tour|
|Ladies European Tour||4|
|LPGA of Korea Tour||1|
|Best results in LPGA major championships|
|ANA Inspiration||T4: 2015, 2019|
|Women's PGA C'ship||T13: 2014|
|U.S. Women's Open||3rd: 2018|
|Women's British Open||T7/7th: 2018, 2019|
|Evian Championship||10th: 2019|
|Achievements and awards|
Early life and college careerEdit
Born in Pamplona, Spain, Ciganda started to play golf aged five, influenced by her father. Her uncle is the former football player and coach José Ángel Ziganda. She attended college in the United States at Arizona State University from 2008 to 2011, where she majored in Business Administration. Ciganda speaks four languages.
Ciganda enjoyed a successful amateur career, winning the British Ladies Amateur in 2007. She returned to the finals in 2009, but was runner-up to compatriot and ASU teammate Azahara Muñoz. Ciganda won the European Ladies Amateur Championship in 2004 and 2008, and was the Spanish National age group champion from 2000–2006. She was a member of Spain's 2006 and 2008 Espirito Santo Trophy teams, finishing second in 2008; 2005 and 2007 European Junior Solheim Cup teams and 2004 and 2006 European Junior Ryder Cup teams. While at Arizona State, she was a member of the Sun Devils' NCAA championship team in 2009 as a freshman, and made conference history as the first to win consecutive Pac-10 Championships in 2009 and 2010; she finished third in 2011.
Ciganda played in a number of professional tournaments as an amateur and first took part in the 2005 Tenerife Ladies Open at age 14. Although on that occasion she did not make the cut, she finished as the best Spanish representative in several professional tournaments, including the 2007 Open De España Femenino, when she finished eighth and the 2008 Tenerife Ladies Open when she was third, three shots behind the winner, Rebecca Hudson.
Ciganda turned professional in May 2011 making her debut the following month at the Tenerife Ladies Match Play, an unofficial event on the LET schedule, where she finished second to Becky Brewerton. She competed on the Ladies European Tour Access Series that season, winning the Murcia Ladies Open. In the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament in December 2011 she finished tied 34th, earning Priority List Category 20 for the 2012 LPGA Tour season and went on to finish third at the LET Final Qualifying School tournament later that month to earn full playing rights for the 2012 Ladies European Tour season.
In her first full season on the 2012 Ladies European Tour, Ciganda won the ISPS Handa Order of Merit and was also named Players' Player of the Year, as voted for by the LET members. She played in 19 tournaments, with two victories at the Deloitte Ladies Open and the China Suzhou Taihu Open and had ten additional top-10s finishes. Her efforts won her the LET Rookie of the Year award and she ended the season ranked second on the European Solheim Cup points list with total earnings of €251,289.95.
Ciganda was the ladies' winner of the 2019 AON Risk Reward Challenge, collecting the $1,000,000 prize.
Amateur wins (3)Edit
Professional wins (6)Edit
LPGA Tour wins (2)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin of
|1||16 Oct 2016||LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship1||69-70-69-70=278||–10||Playoff||Alison Lee||300,000|
|2||13 Nov 2016||Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational||67-72-68-68=275||–13||2 strokes|| Austin Ernst
Jodi Ewart Shadoff
Sarah Jane Smith
1 Co-sanctioned with KLPGA Tour
LPGA Tour playoff record (1–2)
|1||2014||CME Group Tour Championship|| Julieta Granada
|Ko won with par on fourth extra hole|
Granada eliminated with par on second hole
|2||2016||Meijer LPGA Classic||Kim Sei-young||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|3||2016||LPGA KEB–Hana Bank Championship||Alison Lee||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
Ladies European Tour (4)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||3 Jun 2012||Deloitte Ladies Open||71-67-69=207||–9||2 strokes||Ursula Wikström||37,500|
|2||28 Oct 2012||China Suzhou Taihu Open||65-70-64=199||–17||7 strokes||Caroline Masson||52,500|
|3||2 Jun 2013||UniCredit Ladies German Open||68-33=101||–6||Playoff||Charley Hull||52,500|
|4||29 Sep 2019||Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open||72-68-65-71=276||−8||1 stroke||Esther Henseleit||45,000|
LET Access Series (1)Edit
- 2011 (1) Murcia Ladies Open
Results in LPGA majorsEdit
Results not in chronological order before 2018.
|U.S. Women's Open||T39||T57||T63||CUT||CUT||T5||3||T22|
|Women's PGA Championship||T37||T13||CUT||CUT||T20||T33||T48|
|The Evian Championship ^||T52||CUT||T38||T17||T32||T33||10||NT|
|Women's British Open||CUT||CUT||T17||CUT||T29||CUT||T31||T23||T7||7||T51|
^ The Evian Championship was added as a major in 2013
CUT = missed the half-way cut
NT = no tournament
T = tied
|U.S. Women's Open||0||0||1||2||2||3||8||6|
|Women's PGA Championship||0||0||0||0||0||2||7||5|
|The Evian Championship||0||0||0||0||1||2||7||6|
|Women's British Open||0||0||0||0||2||4||11||7|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 11 (2018 US Open – 2020 ANA, current)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2019 Evian – 2019 British Open)
Professional career summaryEdit
- official as of 2019 season
Ladies European TourEdit
- official as of 2018 season
Position in Women's World Golf Rankings at the end of each calendar year.
- Espirito Santo Trophy (representing Spain): 2006, 2008, 2010
- Junior Solheim Cup (representing Europe): 2005, 2007 (winners)
- Junior Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 2004 (winners), 2006 (tie, Cup retained)
- Solheim Cup (representing Europe): 2013 (winners), 2015, 2017, 2019 (winners)
- International Crown (representing Spain): 2014 (winners)
Solheim Cup recordEdit
|2013||3||3–0–0||1–0–0 def. M. Pressel 4&2||0–0–0||2–0–0 won w/ S. Pettersen 1 up
won w/ A. Muñoz 1 up
|2015||4||1–1–2||0–0–1 halved w/ L. Thompson||1–0–0 won w/ M. Reid 4&3||0–1–1 halved w/ M. Reid
lost w/ A. Muñoz 3&2
|2017||4||1–3–0||1–0–0 def. B. Lincicome 4&3||0–1–0 lost w/ C. Masson 1 dn||0–2–0 lost w/ E. Pedersen 6&5
lost w/ M. Reid 2 dn
|2019||5||1–2–2||1–0–0 def. D. Kang 1 up||0–1–1 halved w/ B. Law
lost w/ B. Law 6&5
|0–1–1 halved w/ B. Law
lost w/ A. Muñoz 2&1
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- "LPGA Player Guide – Carlota Ciganda". LPGA Tour. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
- "Ladies European Tour profile". Ladies European Tour. Retrieved 29 March 2013.
- "Carlota Ciganda results". LPGA. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
- "Carlota Ciganda stats". Ladies European Tour. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
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