Team Roussin win the team competition with a score of -25, while Carlots Ciganda secures her seventh LET title in the individual competition
Team Roussin triumphed in the team competition with a winning score of 25-under-par at the Aramco Team Series presented by PIF – Florida.
The quartet of Pauline Roussin, Nuria Iturrioz, Trish Johnson and amateur Michael Bickford led overnight after play was suspended due to bad light and returned this morning.
Having accumulated a five-shot lead, Team Roussin just had to see through their final four holes, which they did, to seal a second round of nine-under and win by two shots with a total of 25-under-par.
Captain Roussin, who won the Individual title in Singapore in March, said:
“It’s a pretty cool outcome after these two long days, but we made it happen. It was a lot of fun.
“We really got along and were just having fun despite how much of a challenge the golf course is and here we are with the trophy! I’m proud of this team and I would not have played it with anyone else.”
LET legend Johnson explained:
“I’m extremely grateful. I have to say it was brilliant watching Pauline and Nuria, and Michael played great. He really did contribute a lot.
“I did a little bit yesterday, didn’t do much today, but these two really were fabulous and it doesn’t matter if you win by ten or you win by one. You win and that’s all that counts. It was a great experience.”
While amateur Bickford was thrilled with his week in Florida, he said:
“What an experience! These are three warrior golfers, and I would never want to be on the other side of them, so I was just really blessed to play with all of them.
“The energy is great. Everyone hams and eggs each other and just birdie bogey never really happened and the pars just kept coming. The birdies kept coming. We had one rule. It was just to try and make a birdie every hole. It was incredible to play with everyone.”
Team Alexander, led by captain Casandra Alexander, finished in second place on 23-under-par after a second round of 10-under. Whilst Team Ko ended the competition in third place one shot further back on 22-under-par with Team Simmermacher and Team Peláez Trivino both on 20-under-par.
Team Lee and Team Gustavsson finished in a share of sixth place on 18-under-par with Team Davidson Spilkova in eighth, Team Gainer in ninth and Team Cowan in tenth.
Carlota Ciganda secures Aramco Team Series - Florida individual win
It was seventh heaven for Carlota Ciganda as she won the individual title at the Aramco Team Series presented by PIF – Florida.
The Spaniard began the final round one off the lead but started with two bogeys in her opening three holes at Trump International Golf Club West Palm Beach.
However, the Solheim Cup winner soon rolled in three birdies on six, seven and nine to be in control at the midway mark of her day.
Another dropped shot on 10 was soon eradicated by a birdie on 13, but then Ciganda found the water on 16 and made a double bogey.
But the 32-year-old held her nerve and made two pars on her last two holes to finish on two-under-par, which was enough for her to clinch her seventh LET title.
“To win, I think it’s always special. It’s not easy to win nowadays,” said Ciganda. “I think there are a lot of good players and a lot of the youngsters are coming very strong.
“Since I came here and played this golf course, I thought patience was the key for this week. I think it’s a very tricky golf course. Pretty much every hole has a creek or a lake or a hazard. It’s a great ball-striking golf course, you have to hit it to the right spot.
“On the last, I hit a first great putt, and I think if I go and tap that in, I think it’s easier. You have to wait and you know it’s the putt to win. All of a sudden you get all this excitement and just nerves. I was nervous, I’m not going to lie, and I think I held myself pretty good and very happy to get it done.”
Czechia’s Klara Davidson Spilkova produced a round of 74 (+2) to finish in second place in Florida on one-under-par.
Olivia Cowan produced the joint-best round of the day with a 68 (-4) to finish in a share of third place on even par alongside world number three Lydia Ko.
Slovenia’s Ana Belac rounded off a good week in a tie for fifth place alongside American Alison Lee on one-over-par with France’s Celine Herbin and Scotland’s Louise Duncan one shot further back.
Race to Costa del Sol
In the 2023 Race to Costa del Sol, Aditi Ashok still leads and now has 1,260 points at the top of the standings.
Sweden’s Linn Grant sits second with 1,005.33 points having increased her total with Spain’s Ana Peláez Trivino in third with 887.33 points.
Czechia’s Spilkova moves from ninth to fourth with her second-place finish and now has 804.16 points, while France’s Pauline Roussin is fifth with 588 points.
View the individual leaderboard from the Aramco Team Series - Florida here.