It’s been more than eight years since Azahara Munoz hoisted an LPGA Tour trophy, winning the 2012 Sybase Match Play Championship in New Jersey. Halfway through this week’s Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open, the Spanish star has put herself in prime position to finally end that drought, tied for the lead with Stacy Lewis heading into the weekend.
“I'm feeling good. I've been hitting the ball really well,” said Munoz following her second-round 69. “Just been playing really steady, lots of fairways, lots of greens, and today I actually didn't hit the ball as good as yesterday but still I was pretty much hitting every green or just off the green but putting. So I think that's the key in this kind of golf courses, just don't want to get in trouble and that's what I've been doing.”
Munoz is enjoying every second of this opportunity to play in Scotland, a chance that oddly came about because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I love Scottish golf. The only reason I've never come to this tournament is it's always the week before the British and it's my only chance to go home to Spain, so I always take the week off and go home and see my family,” said Munoz, who won the 2008 British Women’s Amateur title in Wales. “I grew up playing the British Girls' and British Amateur, and we used to love coming over here and I love it. It's where golf started, and it's such a good challenge because you have to be so precise and I really like that.”