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Hero Women’s Indian Open 2019: Anika Varma and Tvesa Malik top-ranked Indians, Wolf wins the tournament

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Austria’s Christine Wolf won her first Ladies European Tour title after shooting the joint lowest round on the final day at the DLF and Country Club, Gurugram on this Sunday.

The 30 years old posted a bogey-free 69 to end the week on – 11 under 277 and banish the memories of last year’s runner-up finish at the event.

Wolf, with the rounds of (73, 68, 67, 69) finishes her campaign with three shots ahead of the Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord Skarpnord, who did not get up and down from a greenside bunker to save par at the 15th and finished at a second position with a total of – 8 under 280.

“I didn’t think, in my wildest dreams, that I would actually pull through and I’m just excited right now,” Wolf said.

Among the Indians, the Fifteen-year-old Anika Varma finished fifth at -3 under 285. She played well throughout the tournament and despite a double bogey on Par-5 15th on the final day; she shot 70 to claim the fifth position.

Talking about her performance she said “As soon as I hit my first tee shot I felt fine. I had a good group (with Sweden’s Emma Nilsson and Manon De Roey of Belgium) today and I enjoyed playing with them. That helped me play well too.”

On the other hand, it was the Gurugram golfer, Tvesa Malik, who improved on her last year’s Tied-13 with steady rounds of 72, 72, 71 and 72. She finished at Tied-6th position with a total of -1 under 287 at the DLF and Country Club.

Tvesa Malik, the top Indian pro this week was pleased with the way she handled the pressure. “I’ve learnt a lot this year and my game has progressed. I’m happy with the way I have been playing but there’s still a long way to go.”

This year’s Hero Indian Open saw 10 Indians, including four amateurs, making the cut.

Astha Madan, 2-under 290 at T-19th

Vani Kapoor, 3-under 291 at T-21st

Diksha Dagar, 7-under 295 at T-32nd

Amandeep Drall, 9-under 297 at T-37th

Gaurika Bishnoi, 11-under 299 at T-47th

Pranavi Urs, 11-under 299 at T-47th

Hero Women’s Indian Open 2019: Whitney Hillier leads; Amandeep Drall top-ranked Indian

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Australia’s Whitney Hillier stroked a second-round 71 to claim a lead at the Hero Women’s Indian Open 2019.

Hillier birdied the last two holes at DLF Golf and Country Club to finish six under par and a shot ahead of Norway’s Marianne Skarpnord, with overnight leaders England’s Meghan MacLaren and Sweden’s Linda Wessberg a shot further back.

MacLaren, who is in the lead after day one, began the day tied for the lead with Hillier but could not sustain her lead as she shot a 73 on day two and slips to tied 4th position.

While, the Indians had a decent day 2 on the Hero Women’s Indian Open, where the solid golfer from Panchkula Amandeep Drall emerges as the best-placed Indian by standing tied-8th with 2-under 70 for the day after the second round of the tournament.

Drall, plays well at the DLF Golf and Country Club and reeled off birdies on the last three holes for a 70 and was tied-eighth with a total score of 142.

Among the other Indians, Vani Kapoor, Tvesa Malik, and Anika Varma settle inside the top 20 at the halfway stage of the Women’s Indian Open. Whereas, Pranavi Urs, who was the top-placed Indian overnight shot 79 to finish at 150 and slips to Tied-10th to Tied-49th position over two days.

Hero Women’s Indian Open: Pranavi Urs emerges as a top Indian in the tournament

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The Amateur Indian Golfer Pranavi Urs secured 1 under 71 yesterday in the first round of the DLF Golf and Country Club, Gurugram.

Pranavi Urs, a former champion on the domestic pro tour, even while being an amateur, picked up shots on her last two holes for a one-under-par 71 at the DLF Golf and Country Club to be the best-placed Indian on the first day and settles at a tied-10th position in the standings.

The Mysore golfer, who has been in the golfing field for close to ten years, is the best local after the first round of the Hero Women’s Indian Open.

Among other Indian golfers, Diksha Dagar, Amandeep Drall and Tvesa Malik were Tied-18th after carding 72 each.

While England’s Meghan MacLaren has a share of the lead after the first round of the Hero Women’s Indian Open. She shot a five-under 67 to tie Australia’s Whitney Hillier at the top.

The 25-year-old, who has won twice on the Ladies European Tour, had eight birdies and three bogeys in her score after teeing off at the end of round 1.

Top 3 Players to watch at the 2019 Hero Women’s Indian Open

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Every year we witness the rise of the upcoming stars on this tournament that go on to become legends for their country.

All players have a unique quality to conquer the game, But here we are discussing the top 3 Indian Women golfers to watch out for in the Hero Women’s Indian Open which will be played at DLF Golf and Country Club, Gurugram from October 3 to 6 2019.

1. Aditi Ashok

The young golfer from Bengaluru, Aditi Ashok has impressed all with her superb game technique in the past and now she is all geared up to conquer the big tournament with her positive intent.

Aditi carries the much-needed momentum with her of performing well on the big stage as she finishes at a tied-8th position in the Mediterranean Open golf tournament last week. Also, she was the best Indian at the Lacoste Ladies Open de France and finished her campaign at the Tied-26th position, last month at the Golf du Médoc, Chateaux Course.

The 21-year-old Aditi is the last and the only Indian, who has won the Hero Women’s Indian Open in 2016. And considering her current form, we can assume that this year she can repeat her success of 2016 HWIO and claims the trophy with a handful of €300,000 prize money.

2. Diksha Dagar 

The 18-year-old Diksha emerged as the only Indian winner this season when she grabbed the Investec South African Open. She also has a Top-10 and three other Top-20 finishes this year.

Diksha, who suffered from a complete hearing impairment for first six years of her life, is currently ranked 15th on the LET Order of Merit with 191.11 points, and second on the Rookie list, with a win and a Top 10 finish — T5th at the NSW Open — under her belt this season. 

After playing the last three years as an amateur, Diksha is finally playing her first Hero Women’s Indian Open as a professional. She is playing exceptionally well from the past one year and who knows the young and talented Diksha writes the glory by winning the Hero Women’s Indian Open 2019.

3. Tvesa Malik

After a spectacular win at the 13th Leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour last Friday. Tvesa Malik is all set for the Hero Women’s Indian Open.

The national Open has played a part in Malik’s recent success in the game. She emerged as the best Indian golfer at the event and finished at Tied-13th with another Indian Gaurika Bishnoi at the $500,000 event last year, and soon after, she secured her maiden card on the LET through qualifying school.

Also, this year has been a memorable one, as in each of the first three legs she finished inside the top-3. She was tied-third at Kalhaar Blues & Greens Ahmedabad, joint-second at BPGC Mumbai and a third at Poona Club Golf Course last week.

As far as Tvesa’s performance is concerned in the HWIO, we’re assuming her as a prime contender at the tournament which begins at the DLF course this Thursday.

There are 22 Indians taking part in the tournament, comprising six amateurs, and we have high hopes from them as they were playing in their home soil, and with better technique and temperament they can claim the Hero Women’s Indian Open 2019.

Apart from the Indian golfers, some other players are hopeful of making their presence felt. From the Defending Champion Becky Morgan to 2017 winner Camille Chevalier and other leading names like Carly Booth, Beth Allen, and Solheim Cup 2019 winning team Europe’s Captain Catriona Matthew.

These golfers had a deep impact on the tournament in the past and this time too they can make the competition tough and interesting with their solid game.

Hannah Green claims superb win on the LPGA Tour

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The Australian major champion Hannah Green triumphs the 2019 Cambia Portland Classic Tournament.

Hannah Green went into the final round with three strokes behind the American Yealimi Noh. But, she played well and shot a 5-under 67 to finish with a 21-under 267 total score and beat the American Yealimi Noh by one shot.

After a great start in the opening rounds, with 64 and 63 at the Columbia Edge Water Country Club, Portland. Hannah struggled in the third round with a stroke of 73 and loses her 5 strokes lead to Yealimi Noh who played 8 under 64 in the third round.

But, in the 4th and the final round, the tables had turned again, when Green shot a -5 under 67 with a total score of -21 under 267, and the American Noh strokes a -1 under 71 and loses the game by just one shot, Noh, finishes her campaign with a total score of -20 under 268.

Green gains 500 points and is projected to jump from 27th to 12th in the Race of the CME Globe with 1,562 points. With her win, she receives $195,000: and $979,519 for the 2019 season.

Green has been the first Australian women golfer since 2016 to win the tournament twice in the same season. Also, she is the fifth women golfer of the 2019 LPGA season who wins the tournament twice.

Aditi Ashok shot two-under 70 in the second round of Cambia Portland Classic

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The Indian women golfer Aditi Ashok registers 2 under 70 in the second round of the 2019 Cambia Portland Classic – the oldest continuous event on the LPGA Tour.

Yesterday, in the first round of Portland Classic, she also shot a 2 under par 70 with the help of two late birdies at the Columbia Edge Water Country Club, Portland.

Aditi gains confidence with her superb performance at the last week’s CP Women’s Open in Ontario, Canada. Where she finished at a tied 13th position, which was her first top-15 finish of the season.

After two rounds of play, she is standing at a tied 54th position with a total score of 4 under par 140.

Who tops the leaderboard after two rounds of play?

After the completion of the second round, the Australian golfer Hannah Green is leading at the leaderboard with 17 under par 127

At what position Aditi is expected to finish?

The 2016 Hero Indian Women’s Open Champion Aditi Ashok has been playing well in the tournament so far, and she had with her the much-needed confidence, which is necessary for a solid finish. But, we have to wait until September 1st to know at which position she finishes her campaign of 2019 Cambia Portland Classic.

Aditi Ashok blazes a 2nd round 67 to climb the OPEN DE ESPANA Feminino leaderboard into T4 position

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Aditi Ashok scored an excellent 67 on Friday to escalate to fourth position in the Andalucia Costa Del Sol Open de Espana Femenino at the Aloha Golf Club in Spain. Playing from the tenth tee, Aditi shot five birdies to end the day at 3-under 141. She is just three off the pace set by Azahara Munoz, who shot a decent 66.

Aditi made a birdie at the 11th hole before gaining strokes at the 15th and 16th holes. On her second nine, she made birdies at the first and eighth holes as she concluded the day’s play.

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Aditi Ashok enters the weekend with a score of 3-under 141.

Lydia Ko Wins 2016 Rolex ANNIKA Major Award

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Lydia Ko won the 2016 Rolex ANNIKA Major Award thanks to a win at the ANA Inspiration, a runner-up showing at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship and a tie for third at the U.S. Women’s Open.

The Rolex ANNIKA Major Award recognises the player who, during a current LPGA Tour season, has the most outstanding record in all five major championships. Points are awarded at all five major championships to competitors who finish among the top-10 and ties. To take home the award, a player must also win at least one of the five majors.

“It means a lot,” Ko said. “Especially because coming into this year my goal was to be more consistent in majors, and this exactly is the award for that, and obviously you need a win to have that, and just to have it named after Annika and how successful she’s been in majors and just in general and what she’s done for the game, I think there might not be some of us if it wasn’t for a player like her.”

Golfoy congratulates Lydia Ko on receiving the Rolex ANNIKA Major Award which was won by Michelle Wie in 2014 and Inbee Park in 2015.

RIO 2016: Immense show of girl power as Aditi Ashok wraps up Indian hopes of a golf medal

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After Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu drew the bronze and silver lining on the Indian medal tally, it was time for Aditi Ashok to flex her muscles and strengthen the Indian Medal tally.
A consistent 68 in the opening two rounds at the Reserva de Marapendi Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro, made medal hopes for Aditi high, as she was comfortably placed in the top 10.
The round 3 brought disaster for Aditi as she bogeyed a no. of holes and finished the day at 31st place.                       Aditi’s poor show continued in the last round. She finished at 41st place.
Aditi scored a total of 291 (68,68,79,76).

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: Aditi Ashok of India in action during the third round of the Women's Individual Stroke Play golf on day 14 of the Rio Olympics at the Olympic Golf Course on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 19: Aditi Ashok of India in action during the third round of the Women’s Individual Stroke Play golf on day 14 of the Rio Olympics at the Olympic Golf Course on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

“My Facebook page and Twitter has been going off quite a lot. I’m happy that a lot of people who didn’t really watch golf are watching golf now (in India). It’s only going to get better from here.”, said Aditi.

Aug 20, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Silver medalist Lydia Ko (NZL), left, gold medalist Inbee Park (KOR), and bronze medalist Shanshan Feng (CHN) show off their medals after competing in the final round of women's golf during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Silver medalist Lydia Ko (NZL), left, gold medalist Inbee Park (KOR), and bronze medalist Shanshan Feng (CHN) show off their medals after competing in the final round of women’s golf during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

South Korean Inbee Park clinched the gold with a total score of 16-under 268 (66-66-70-66), while New Zealand teenage sensation Lydia Ko scored 11-under 273 (69-70-65-69) for the silver. China’s Shanshan Feng, with a cumulative score of 274 (70-67-68-69), settled for the bronze.

RIO 2016: Aditi Ashok stays in medal contention after her sizzling performance in round 2

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Aditi Ashok raised hopes an Olympic medal as she stood just 4 strokes off the pace at tied-eight after the second round of the women’s individual event.

The teenager from Bengaluru was just four shots behind the leader, Inbee park of South Korea after firing a second successive three-under 68, which included five birdies against a couple of bogeys, to move to six-under.

Inbee Park of South Korea topped the leader board with a handsome five-under 66 to have a total of 10-under 132 going into the third round.

Aditi stroked a consistent 68 in both the rounds and was at the tied-eighth position with four others.

Speaking about her round, Aditi, who plays on the Ladies European Tour said, “I shot three-under both days, so that’s pretty consistent for me. I dropped a few shots today, a couple of shots and I could have been a few shots better, but I’m happy going into the weekend?”

On the importance of her performance for the game back in India, the teenager, who has been a pro for just six months said, “I think it would be big in India, and also being a golfer, a woman golfer, it will definitely boost the popularity of the sport.

“That’s what I’m hoping to do. In India and also all over the world, because golf is in the Olympics for the first time, so I think it would make golf more public among the general people who watch golf, not just the golf fans who watch it right now.”

Speaking about the conditions, Aditi added, “It was a bit windy. It was windy for me on the back nine. But it’s different — it played different yesterday and it played different today because of the wind. I’m enjoying it.”