Golf / Sports

Spain captures International Crown LPGA event

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- The team from Spain was overlooked coming into the LPGA's International Crown at Caves Valley Golf Club, overshadowed by both the two top seeds, the U.S. and South Korea.

But the Spaniards might have had two distinct advantages over most of their competition the past few days in Owings Mills: their familiarity with both the course and each other.

Azahara Munoz and Carlota Ciganda had played at Caves Valley in helping Arizona State win the 2009 NCAA women's championship. Munoz, Ciganda and Beatriz Recari had played on the last two Solheim Cup champions for Europe.

Except for Friday, when Spain was swept by a U.S. team that failed to make Sunday's singles, the local knowledge of the course and their closeness as a team helped the red-shirted Spaniards win the first-time event.

Ironically, it was a 12-foot putt by the only player on the team who played on neither the NCAA championship team or in the Solheim Cup who ultimately helped clinched the victory.

Belen Mozo's birdie putt on the par-5 16th hole--followed by an 8-foot miss for birdie by Thailand's Moriya Jutanugarn--gave Mozo a 3-and-2 victory and pushed Spain (6-2-1) to 13 points.

Sweden (5-4-1) is currently in second place with 11 points, and South Korea (5-5) is in third with 10. No other team with players still left on the course can earn more than 12 points.

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