Carlota Ciganda (Pamplona, 1990) landed permanently on the Ladies European Tour a decade ago, and in that same 2012 season she showed what she is made of: she was chosen Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year and won the Order of the Merit. Ten years later, the Navarrese is more than established in the golf elite with eight victories to her credit (two on the LPGA and six on the LET). Having overcome last year’s drop in results, Carlota smiles again. Added to her triumph in 2022 at the Estrella Damn Ladies Open is her third place a few weeks ago at the Evian Championship, the fourth major of the year. Ciganda brushed her first major tournament as a professional in France, and she is already thinking about the British Open that starts this Thursday in Muirfield, Scotland, where she will have another chance to win a major. About her 10 years in the elite, her chances of victory in the British and other topics such as LIV Golf, she talks about the Spanish with AS.
“On Sunday I thought I could win, especially in the second half of the lap, when I was two strokes behind the leader. She was playing very well, taking a lot of the green, and it was a shame she didn’t get a couple more putts. On the par 5s I didn’t make as many birdies as I usually do. In general I played golf well, I didn’t do any bogeys over the weekend and I’m happy with the job.
“It is a job I have been doing for many years. This season I have worked a lot with my coach, the fruits are being seen now, but since January, when I went to Arizona, I have been training. Things didn’t work out and we had to continue, now I’m playing better and I’m happy about it. I’m still the same person in terms of winning and wanting to play tournaments, win, be on top. The change has been that I have much more experience, I know more about the fields, about life… I have had to travel a lot and from that you learn, I have learned many good things.
“I’ve always liked playing in Spain, I’m good at it and I’ve won several tournaments. I really want to play in Sotogrande. I was able to play at La Reserva Club when I was an amateur, I don’t remember much, but what I do remember is that the area was very good. My family will come to see me and that is something that motivates me.
It’s not easy when things don’t go well, that’s why it’s important to surround yourself with a good team, a good environment that supports you and is there for whatever you need. You have to be calm when things are going well for you and when they are not. You are not so good when you win, nor are you so bad when you lose. The moment something is not going well, I analyze what is happening and look with my team for a plan to improve. When things go well, I try to write down what works for me to follow that line”.
“I see Liv as they want to put money into the sport. They have so much money that they hardly know what to do with it. They are involved in Formula 1, now in golf, they want to get into more sports. I think you have to take advantage of it. Obviously, there are things about the country that I don’t like, like everyone else, but I think they want to clean up the image a little bit with sport, and I think it’s a good way to do it”.