Caroline Hedwall Player Profile
SWEDEN’S Caroline Hedwall beat Switzerland’s Morgane Metraux in a four-hole playoff to win the LET’s season-ending Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open de Espana - her first tournament victory in four years.
Linn Grant ended the tournament in third place after a 65 to finish the season top of the order of merit.
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.
Hedwall carded a 67 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.
Hedwall was born in Taby, Sweden on May 13, 1989 and plays on the LET and LPGA Tour. She had a successful amateur career, winning six times on the Swedish Golf Tour before joining the paid ranks.
She turned professional in 2010, gained her LET card at the first attempt and won her first event as a pro, the 2011 New South Wales Open. She also won the Slovak Open, Finnair Masters, UNIQA Ladies Open and Hero Women's Indian Open in her rookie year and made her Solheim Cup debut.
She won the Open de France in 2018 and has a total of 16 victories to her credit, with seven of those coming on the LET.
She averages 254 yards from the tee, hits 60.71% of fairways and a hugely impressive 80.56% of greens in regulation. She gets up and down from the sand 58.17% of the time and averages 31.65 putts per round. Her stroke average for 2022 is 71.40.
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