Nuria Iturrios clinches Dubai Moonlight Classic title

Press Association Sport 09:35 04/05/2019
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Spain’s Nuria Iturrios claimed back-to-back wins on the Ladies European Tour with victory in the inaugural Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic.

Just five days after winning the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco for the second time, Iturrios carded a closing 71 at Emirates Golf Club to finish on 10 under par, a shot ahead of the German pair of Esther Henseleit and Olivia Cowan.

“It’s amazing to win again and I’m so excited,” said Iturrios, who became the first player to capture consecutive titles since Aditi Ashok at the Indian and Qatar Opens in 2016.

“It was so cool. I loved playing in the first day-night tournament and I hope to come back next year.”

Iturrios began the final round tied for the lead but after moving three clear following birdies on the second and third, a bogey on the sixth and double bogey on the seventh dropped her into a tie with Ireland’s Leona Maguire.

However, the 23-year-old regained the lead with a birdie on the ninth and also birdied the 10th and 14th before holding her nerve on the closing stretch to complete a hard-fought win.

Maguire, who held a two-shot lead after an opening course-record 64, remained in contention following a birdie on the 11th but dropped a shot on the next and also bogeyed the 18th to finish in a tie for fifth.

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