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Hero Women's Indian Open

Round 3 - Historic win for Aditi Ashok

November 13, 2016
Aditi Ashok of India with her trophy. Credit: Tristan Jones

Rookie professional Aditi Ashok wrote her name into the history books as she was crowned as the first home winner of the Hero Women’s Indian Open at DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon on Sunday.

The 18-year-old from Bangalore became the first Indian player to win on the Ladies European Tour in one of the most romantic fairy tales that the circuit has ever witnessed.

The teenager, who was inspired to become a professional golfer when she watched Laura Davies and Gwladys Nocera compete at the 2007 EMAAR-MGF Ladies Masters in her home city, first played in the Indian Open as a 13-year-old amateur in 2011 and finished eighth the following year.

After winning the LET’s Lalla Aicha Tour School aged 17 in December 2015, she went on to qualify for the first Olympic golf competition at Rio 2016 in August and has continually improved, recording four straight top 10 finishes prior to her maiden victory.

“I’ve had a lot of good finishes at the Indian Open and to finally get the job done feels good, especially as an Indian player in front of my home crowd. It means a lot to win this,” said Ashok, who ended with a 54-hole total of three-under-par, one stroke ahead of Brittany Lincicome and Belen Mozo.

“We’ve had really good sponsors, especially Hero, who’s supported this event and the local tour for quite some time now. More girls will have a chance to take golf as a career than five years ago. That’s a good change and hopefully with my win there will be a lot more girls wanting to play golf.”

Having started the final round two strokes clear of the chasing pack, Ashok tussled with Belen Mozo for the lead throughout the back nine and she needed to make a birdie putt of four feet on the par-5 18th green to seal the victory, after Lincicome set the clubhouse target at two-under and then Mozo left her birdie putt of 20 feet just short.

Ashok admitted that her third shot into the 18th green was ‘lucky’ as it was slightly long but hit the upslope in front of the rear bunker and rolled back to within four feet left of the flag.

“I was planning to play just for the front but I was playing out of the rough so it came out hot and flew more. It’s a tricky hole because you can’t see the green. I don’t know. Belen hit hers left and it found the green, so she was lucky as well. I think I was really lucky on the 18th but I missed quite a few on the front nine. The course was giving back to me,” she said.

In the final round, Ashok birdied the second hole to open up a three stroke lead, but she bogeyed the seventh and Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul from Thailand, who ended in fourth place, tied for the lead on three-under-par after 12 holes.

Ashok birdied the 10th to regain the lead, but she then bogeyed the 13th dropping into a share of the lead with Mozo, who bogeyed 14 but birdied 15. Both players dropped a shot on the treacherous par-4 17th to tie with Lincicome going into the last hole and luck was on Ashok’s side.

Mozo said: “I had a great battle today with Aditi. She’s a great player and when you compete with players this young, they are fearless, they don’t feel anything in their veins and they just go for it. I played great until the last hole. I hit a really good shot and I stayed short for birdie, which I’m probably going to think about for a long time. She just had a lucky bounce, but we all play with that. She had to make a good putt to win and she did. I’m proud and actually, happy for India and the title sponsor that an Indian girl won. I’m very happy for her and congratulate her. We’ll see her more in the future, that’s for sure.”

Lincicome was pleased with her bogey-free final round of 69 and added: “It was shocking to shoot so many under par! When I first saw the golf course I thought that if I could shoot even par I would be in great shape. I’m still in great shape but it was nice to make a lot of good putts. All season I haven’t been hitting as many greens as usual so my goal all week was just to hit the greens.”

There was generally lower scoring in the sunny conditions for the final round. Florentyna Parker shot a 70 to finish fifth on level par, which was her sixth top ten of the year, while Order of Merit leader Beth Allen shot 68 to share sixth place with Alexandra Vilatte Farret (69) and Anne-Lise Caudal (73).

The defending champion Emily Kristine Pedersen, who was the 2015 Rookie of the Year, tied for ninth place with Kiran Matharu.

With her earnings of €54,988.20, Ashok leapfrogged Nuria Iturrios and Angel Yin into first position on the current Rookie of the Year standings with two ranking events still to be played in Qatar and Dubai.

Pos. Player
R1
R2
R3
Total
Score
1 Aditi ASHOK
72
69
72
-3
213
T2 Brittany LINCICOME
75
70
69
-2
214
T2 Belen MOZO
73
70
71
-2
214

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Round 2 - Ashok takes Hero lead with spectacular round

November 12, 2016
Aditi Ashok of India during the second round. Credit: Tristan Jones

Indian teenager Aditi Ashok fired a spectacular second round of three-under-par 69 on the extremely challenging Gary Player Course at DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon on Saturday to take a two stroke lead into the final round of the Hero Women’s Indian Open.

With a 36-hole total of three-under-par, the 18-year-old Ladies European Tour rookie professional from Bangalore is two clear of Belen Mozo from Spain, Austrian Christine Wolf and the defending champion Emily Kristine Pedersen from Denmark.

Ashok, who won the LET’s Lalla Aicha Tour School in December and represented her country at the Olympic Games in August, now has the opportunity to become the first Indian player to win on the Ladies European Tour and not only that, on one of the toughest courses on the circuit and in her home country.

It would seal her superstar status in India, where women’s golf is fairly new, this being the 10th edition of the championship. Indian players have contended on numerous occasions and Ashok herself finished tied for eighth as an amateur in the tournament in 2012.

This is her fifth appearance in the event, but her first as a professional and after opening with a level par 72 on Friday, she played the front nine in two-over on Saturday afternoon, before firing five birdies on the back nine to become the first Indian player to lead on the LET.

She started with a birdie on the second hole, but bogeyed the sixth and then double bogeyed the ninth after hitting her second shot into the lake protecting the green. She then birdied holes 11, 13, 15, 17 and 18 for a back nine of 31.

Aditi walks to the 17th green during the second round with her caddie Jesus Mozo

“I was really sharp on the back nine,” Ashok said. “I hit all nine greens, so I had a lot of chances for birdie and I made five of them. It could have been better on the front nine, because I had a double bogey on the ninth with my 50 degree, but I was in the wrong spot off the tee and it’s tough to hit that pin from the rough. I missed a few putts on the front nine and some short birdie putts but I made up for it on the back nine. I’ve got more comfortable over the week, from all the practise rounds, so I think it’s much better and the greens are softer than last year.”

When asked about her approach to the final round, she added: “I’ve made enough birdies in both of the rounds so I’m going to focus on not dropping any shots.”

First round co-leader Wolf needed a birdie on her final hole, the ninth, to tie for the lead, but dropped a shot for a 73. She said: “I gave myself some chances but unfortunately didn’t make any of them. There were some birdies out there, but anything can happen on this course so we’ll see on this course, anything can happen tomorrow. I’m going to try to have fun.”

Meanwhile Pedersen, who led wire to wire to win last year, had a 72 and Mozo, whose brother Jesus was caddying for Ashok in the same group, had a second-round 70. There are three players a stroke further back on level par who are just three strokes from the lead. They are Kiran Matharu, who is looking for a top three position to secure her LET card for 2017, first round co-leader Anne-Lise Caudal, who has two wins on the LET and Kanphanitnan Muangkhumsakul.

Fellow Thai player Supamas Sangchan, who won the Sanya Ladies Open a fortnight ago, shares eighth place on one-over-par with Malene Jorgensen and Brittany Lincicome but it is Ashok who will carry the hopes of the home nation in the final round.

Pos.
Player
Score
Today
R1
R2
Total
1
Aditi ASHOK
-3
-3
72
69
141
2
Christine WOLF
-1
1
70
73
143
2
Emily Kristine PEDERSEN
-1
E
71
72
143
2
Belen MOZO
-1
-2
73
70
143
5
Kiran MATHARU
E
1
71
73
144
5
Kanphanitnan MUANGKHUMSAKUL
E
E
72
72
144
5
Anne-Lise CAUDAL
E
2
70
74
144
8
Supamas SANGCHAN
1
1
72
73
145
8
Brittany LINCICOME
1
-2
75
70
145
8
Malene JORGENSEN
1
1
72
73
145

Round 1 - Four-way tie in India

November 11, 2016
Christine Wolf of Austria during the first round. Credit: Tristan Jones
Christine Wolf of Austria during the first round

Anne-Lise Caudal, Florentyna Parker, Ursula Wikstrom and Christine Wolf fired first rounds of two-under-par 70 on the challenging Gary Player Course at DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurgaon on Friday to take lead at the 10th Hero Women’s Indian Open.

Parker made an excellent start in the early haze with birdies on her first two holes, which were the 10th and 11th. She then birdied the 13th to get to three-under-par but double bogeyed the 14th. After making a birdie on the long 15th followed by a bogey on the 18th, she made the turn in one-under and came back with a matching total of 35.

“I’m really thrilled,” said the Englishwoman, who is currently sixth on the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit. “I started really well and was three-under after four, then I lost a ball, which can easily happen. Then I double bogeyed and you’re back to normal again. I made a lot of birdies, which was the difference from my last year here. I putted really well and apart from one hole, I kept the ball in play.”

Wolf bogeyed three of the first four holes but made five birdies from the seventh to the 17th. The Austrian, who represented her country in the recent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, said: “I’m really satisfied, especially as I started with plus three after four holes. I just started hitting greens and making putts. I left some chances out there, so I know you can score well here. I really like the course and I liked it last year. You know, the greens are a bit tricky, so if the putter works, it helps.”

Later in the afternoon, Caudal, of France joined the duo on two-under-par with a pair of birdies at the 13th and 16th holes, before playing the front nine in level par. She said afterwards: “It’s always good to shoot under par and I think on this golf course it’s even better, so I’m very happy. I stayed focused on every single shot, because it’s a tricky golf course, and kept patient.”

Finland’s Wikstrom, who also played later in the day, double bogeyed the fourth but made birdies at the sixth, eighth, 11th and 15th holes. She said: “Today I started pretty roughly. I was hitting the ball badly in places but my putter was working so I was saving pars and taking my birdie chances, as I only had 27 putts. I think the course has matured from last year, when the greens were firmer, but the course is challenging and the difference between making a birdie or a bogey is minute.”

There are four further players on one-under-par: the current leading LET rookie Nuria Iturrios and Patricia Sanz Barrio from Spain, the defending champion Emily Kristine Pedersen from Denmark and Kiran Matharu from England.

Iturrios, who is in India for the first time, said: “I’m really happy, because I love the course and I think the birdie at the last was really good, because I made a double bogey on 14. The rough is really hard and I made a bad chip but that’s golf. It’s really different from my country but the food I really good I think. It’s a little spicy, but I’m happy to be here. I love the course. It’s really technical and the greens are the most important part. You have to focus on every shot.”

Pedersen played the back nine in one-under and then made a string of pars on the front nine. She said: “I’m really satisfied! My ball striking wasn’t great. It wasn’t as good as in Abu Dhabi and the weeks before but my putting was good and I scrambled really well.”

In a share of ninth place on level par, 18-year-old LET rookie Aditi Ashok from Bangalore is the best placed of the Indian players, one stroke ahead of local player Vani Kapoor.

Pos.
Player
Score
Today
R1
Total
1
Christine WOLF
-2
-2
70
70
1
Florentyna PARKER
-2
-2
70
70
1
Ursula WIKSTROM
-2
-2
70
70
1
Anne-Lise CAUDAL
-2
-2
70
70
5
Nuria ITURRIOS
-1
-1
71
71
5
Emily Kristine PEDERSEN
-1
-1
71
71
5
Patricia SANZ BARRIO
-1
-1
71
71
5
Kiran MATHARU
-1
-1
71
71
9
Aditi ASHOK
E
E
72
72
9
Gwladys NOCERA
E
E
72
72
9
Isabelle BOINEAU
E
E
72
72
9
Kanphanitnan MUANGKHUMSAKUL
E
E
72
72
9
Connie CHEN
E
E
72
72
9
Malene JORGENSEN
E
E
72
72
9
Supamas SANGCHAN
E
E
72
72

Scores

Pos. Player R1 R2 R3 Total Score Prize Money
1 Aditi ASHOK 72 69 72 -3 213 € 54,988.20
T2 Brittany LINCICOME 75 70 69 -2 214 € 27,494.10
T2 Belen MOZO 73 70 71 -2 214 € 27,494.10
4 Kanphanitnan MUANGKHUMSAKUL 72 72 71 -1 215 € 16,496.46
5 Florentyna PARKER 70 76 70 E 216 € 13,197.17
T6 Beth ALLEN 75 74 68 1 217 € 10,264.46
T6 Alexandra VILATTE FARRET 79 69 69 1 217 € 10,264.46
T6 Anne-Lise CAUDAL 70 74 73 1 217 € 10,264.46
T9 Kiran MATHARU 71 73 74 2 218 € 8,614.82
T9 Emily Kristine PEDERSEN 71 72 75 2 218 € 8,614.82
T11 Saraporn CHAMCHOI 74 73 72 3 219 € 7,881.64
T11 Christine WOLF 70 73 76 3 219 € 7,881.64
T13 Gwladys NOCERA 72 76 72 4 220 € 6,965.17
T13 Stacey KEATING 74 72 74 4 220 € 6,965.17
T13 Supamas SANGCHAN 72 73 75 4 220 € 6,965.17
T16 Victoria LOVELADY 79 72 70 5 221 € 6,048.70
T16 Malene JORGENSEN 72 73 76 5 221 € 6,048.70
T16 Angel YIN 75 78 68 5 221 € 6,048.70
T19 Stephanie MEADOW 74 76 72 6 222 € 5,407.17
T19 Isabelle BOINEAU 72 76 74 6 222 € 5,407.17
T19 Gemma DRYBURGH 76 77 69 6 222 € 5,407.17
T19 Hannah BURKE 78 75 69 6 222 € 5,407.17
T23 Ursula WIKSTROM 70 80 73 7 223 € 4,857.29
T23 Caroline HEDWALL 74 75 74 7 223 € 4,857.29
T25 Justine DREHER 79 69 76 8 224 € 4,313.52
T25 Becky MORGAN 75 73 76 8 224 € 4,313.52
T25 Thanuttra BOONRAKSASAT 74 73 77 8 224 € 4,313.52
T28 Nuria ITURRIOS 71 79 75 9 225 € 3,574.23
T28 Noora TAMMINEN 76 75 74 9 225 € 3,574.23
T28 Isi GABSA 76 75 74 9 225 € 3,574.23
T28 Punpaka PHUNTUMABAMRUNG 74 75 76 9 225 € 3,574.23
T28 Sophie WALKER 75 74 76 9 225 € 3,574.23
T28 Vani KAPOOR 73 74 78 9 225 € 3,574.23
T34 Johanna GUSTAVSSON 74 76 76 10 226 € 2,914.37
T34 Pamela PRETSWELL 76 74 76 10 226 € 2,914.37
T34 Krista BAKKER 74 75 77 10 226 € 2,914.37
T34 Marion RICORDEAU 79 72 75 10 226 € 2,914.37
T34 Ann-Kathrin LINDNER 77 76 73 10 226 € 2,914.37
T34 Amandeep DRALL 79 74 73 10 226 € 2,914.37
T40 Rosie DAVIES 75 75 77 11 227 € 2,346.16
T40 Isabella RAMSAY 78 72 77 11 227 € 2,346.16
T40 Connie CHEN 72 80 75 11 227 € 2,346.16
T40 Ainil BAKAR 79 74 74 11 227 € 2,346.16
T44 Marta SANZ BARRIO 76 74 78 12 228 € 2,052.89
T44 Patricia SANZ BARRIO 71 80 77 12 228 € 2,052.89
T44 Minea BLOMQVIST 77 76 75 12 228 € 2,052.89
T47 Stefania CROCE 75 75 79 13 229 € 1,759.62
T47 Amy BOULDEN 75 76 78 13 229 € 1,759.62
T47 Kyle ROIG 78 74 77 13 229 € 1,759.62
T47 Stacy Lee BREGMAN 75 77 77 13 229 € 1,759.62
T47 Grace LENNON 76 77 76 13 229 € 1,759.62
T47 Diksha DAGAR 74 80 75 13 229
T53 Laura JANSONE 73 76 81 14 230 € 1,429.69
T53 Gaurika BISHNOI 75 77 78 14 230 € 1,429.69
T53 Eleanor GIVENS 79 73 78 14 230 € 1,429.69
T53 Sarah SCHOBER 75 79 76 14 230 € 1,429.69
T57 Felicity JOHNSON 81 70 80 15 231 € 1,228.07
T57 Sophie SANDOLO 77 75 79 15 231 € 1,228.07
59 Sally WATSON 78 76 79 17 233 € 1,173.08
60 Sarah KEMP 78 73 83 18 234 € 1,136.42
61 Mireia PRAT 73 81 81 19 235 € 1,099.76
62 Nanna Koerstz MADSEN 76 76 84 20 236 € 1,063.11
63 Diana LUNA 76 78 83 21 237 € 1,026.45
CUT
T64 Smriti MEHRA 82 73 11 155
T64 Trish JOHNSON 77 78 11 155
T64 Olafia KRISTINSDOTTIR 76 79 11 155
T64 Valentine DERREY 81 74 11 155
T64 Lina BOQVIST 77 78 11 155
T64 Tvesa MAILK 80 75 11 155
T64 Noemi JIMENEZ MARTIN 78 77 11 155
T64 Maha HADDIOUI 76 79 11 155
T72 Tonje DAFFINRUD 80 76 12 156
T72 Sifat SAGOO 77 79 12 156
T72 Chloe LEURQUIN 81 75 12 156
T72 Ankita TIWANA 77 79 12 156
T72 Ana MENENDEZ 78 78 12 156
T77 Carly BOOTH 81 76 13 157
T77 Nina PEGOVA 79 78 13 157
T77 Anais MAGGETTI 77 80 13 157
T77 Klara SPILKOVA 79 78 13 157
T77 Neha TRIPATHI 80 77 13 157
T82 Paula HURTADO 80 78 14 158
T82 Alex PETERS 76 82 14 158
T82 Carmen ALONSO 79 79 14 158
T82 Jenny LEE 78 80 14 158
T82 Titiya PLUCKSATAPORN 75 83 14 158
T87 Daisy NIELSEN 77 82 15 159
T87 Lauren TAYLOR 80 79 15 159
T87 Leticia RAS-ANDERICA 84 75 15 159
T87 Nicole GARCIA 82 77 15 159
T91 Rebecca HUDSON 81 79 16 160
T91 Karolin LAMPERT 79 81 16 160
93 Seher ATWAL 86 75 17 161
T94 Natalia ESCURIOLA MARTINEZ 83 79 18 162
T94 Siddhi KAPOOR 78 84 18 162
96 Agathe SAUZON 79 84 19 163
T97 Lucie ANDRE 82 82 20 164
T97 Laura MURRAY 81 83 20 164
99 Vikki LAING 80 85 21 165
100 Saaniya SHARMA 83 83 22 166
T101 Paige STUBBS 79 88 23 167
T101 Kusuma MEECHAI 82 85 23 167
T103 Charlotte THOMPSON 81 87 24 168
T103 Gursimar BADWAL 84 84 24 168
Withdrawn Players
Bree ARTHUR E
Jade SCHAEFFER 88 E
Leigh WHITTAKER 82 E
Mehar ATWAL E
Afshan FATIMA 92 E
Shweta GALANDE 84 E
Anne VAN DAM 77 76 E € 989.79
Kelsey MACDONALD 80 E
Wannasiri SIRISAMPANT 88 E

Preview

DATES: November 11-13
SITE: DLF G&CC, 'Black Knight' Course, Gurgaon
PRIZE MONEY: $400,000
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