Spanish Beauty Clinches LPGA Rookie of the Year
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Which one? There are actually several beautiful and talented rookies from Spain that made some noise on the LPGA this season. But Azahara Munoz had the most consistent year. With two tournaments left, Munoz has such an overwhelming lead in the race for the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year Award that the closest contender, Amanda Blumenhurst, doesn’t have a mathematical shot at catching her.

Munoz placed in the top-ten twice and additionally 10 top-25 finishes. Her best performance of the year was T4 at the Bell Micro LPGA Classic. But with the Lorena Ochoa Invitational this week and next month’s LPGA Tour Championship, she still has a shot at snagging her maiden victory.

“I am really happy that I won the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year,” Munoz said. “It is what all the rookies want to accomplish and you only have the chance to do it once in your life. I never really set the goal for myself at the beginning of the year, but as the year progressed, it became one of my top goals.”

Fellow Spaniards Beatriz Recari, who won the CVS Pharmacy LPGA Challenge and is the only non-Korean not named Cristie Kerr to win (and whom I interviewed earlier this year), and Maria Hernandez are currently third and fifth in the standings, respectively.

Congrats to Azahara on a great year!

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