Linn Grant: Swede secures European Tour crown as Caroline Hedwall wins in Spain

Linn Grant of Sweden watches her shot during the Andalucia Open de Espana
Linn Grant needed to equal or better the score of fellow Swede Maja Stark
-18 C Hedwall (Swe), M Metraux (Sui); -17 L Grant (Swe); -16 L Maguire (Ire); -15 A Hewson (Eng), C Fernandez (Spa); -13 M Stark (Swe), CT Mulet (Spa), C Giganda (Spa)
Selected others: -10 C Williams (Wal), C Gainer (Eng); -5 G Cowley (Eng)
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Linn Grant has won the Ladies European Tour title for the first time after finishing third at the season-ending Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de Espana.

The Swede fired an eight-under 65 in the final round of an event won by compatriot Caroline Hedwall.

Hedwall beat Switzerland’s Morgane Metraux in a play-off to secure her first event victory in four years.

Ireland’s Leona Maguire was fourth, while Alice Hewson of England ended in a tie for fifth.

Maguire started the final round in a tie for second and a 69 left the world number 11 on 16 under, one ahead of Hewson and Spanish amateur Cayetana Fernandez.

Cara Gainer finished on 10 under. with fellow English player Gabriella Cowley another five shots behind.

Grant needed to equal or better the score of fellow Swede Maja Stark to win the Race to Costa Del Sol.

Stark finished on 13 under after a final-round 68, leaving her four shots behind Grant, who is the fifth player to win both the Order or Merit and Rookie of the Year titles.

Caroline Hedwall of Sweden plays a shot during the Andalucia Open de Espana
Caroline Hedwall’s victory was her seventh win on the Ladies European Tour

Hedwall carded a 67 on Sunday to finish on 18 under, level with overnight leader Metraux.

The pair could not be separated after three play-off holes, before Hedwall prevailed with a birdie at the par-five 17th.

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