Carlota Giganda beat Charley Hull in a play-off at the L.E.T. Ladies German Open at Golfpark Gut Häusern, Munich, Germany.
Carlota Ciganda / Getty
Carlota won with a birdie on the first play-off hole, after both players had finished the tournament level on -6 under par. Strangely the first play-off was the par three 15th, it is very unusual to have a par three as a first deciding hole. Playing in a torrential down-pour Carlota hit a sweet seven iron to about six feet from the cup. Charley hit a three-quarter six, which left her about 20 feet, the putt coming up just short.
The terrible weather conditions were the catalyst for the curtailment of the UniCredit Ladies German Open. The result of copious amounts of precipitation throughout the tournament dates, the decision of the organizers was made to abandon the remaining rounds of play and to declare the winner of the Tournament on the basis of the results of the first two rounds of play completed on Thursday, 30 May and Saturday, 1 June.
Carlota won herself a nice 23rd birthday present, an Audi Q5 to go along with the prize money. The title sponsor UniCredit generously agreed to pay the full prize fund rather than the contracted 50 per cent, meaning that Carlota earned the full first prize cheque of 52,500 euro and an Audi Q5 car.
Carlota insisted her caddie check the distance to the flag on the par three play-off hole;
” I told my caddie to go and check the distance because we had where the pin was. He told me it was 149 and I knew that was my 7-iron. I was just on the range hitting 7-irons all the time. I hit a great shot, but I’m very lucky to make that putt because the greens, you never know, they were slow and I hit a good putt and won so I’m very happy.”
Carlota and her birthday present an Audi Q5 / Getty
For 17 year-old Charley, this was her fifth second place finish in as many starts on the Ladies European Tour this year. After her defeat she asked;
” When am I going to win? I just hope that it counts for Solheim, because I really want to get into the Solheim! It’s a shame but I’ll have another chance in Slovakia soon.”
Charley and her unsuccessful putt on the play-off / Getty
Rebecca Hudson from England finished the tournament in third place, based on the result which was decided on the two rounds already played.