Azahara Munoz repeats as French Ladies Open champion with late birdies


Spain’s Azahara Munoz successfully defended her French Ladies Open title Sunday, birdieing three of the final four holes for a one-stroke victory.

The former Arizona State star birdied Nos. 15, 17 and 18 for a 3-under-par 67 and an 11-under 269 total at Chantaco. She has three Ladies European Tour victories and one LPGA Tour title.

"I played very solid all week, but the putts just didn’t want to drop," Munoz said. "When I arrived at 17, I knew I needed at least one birdie to make a playoff. The putts dropped. I guess it was my time!"

Wales’ Amy Boulden and Spain’s Maria Hernandez tied for second. Boulden had a 66, and Hernandez shot 72.