Hero Women's Indian Open R2

Whitney Hillier takes 1-shot lead

October 03-06
DLF Golf & Country Club,Gurgaon, India
$500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Australian Whitney Hillier carded a one-under round of 71 to claim a one-shot lead at the halfway stage of the Hero Women’s Indian Open.

Hero Women's Indian Open R2 - Hillier takes 1-shot lead
Credit: Ladies European Tour

Hillier made global headlines last week with her hole-in-one during the second round of the Estrella Damm Mediterranean Ladies Open, where she went on to finish seventh. Her fine form has continued at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram, where she holds a 36-hole total of six-under-par 138 ahead of Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord.

Hillier began the round tied for the lead with Meghan MacLaren, but the Englishwoman carded a 73 to slip back into joint third alongside Swede Linda Wessberg.

England’s Charlotte Thompson fired the low round of the day with a 67 and joined Lydia Hall and Christine Wolf on three-under.

Amandeep Drall is leading the home challenge and she joined England’s Liz Young and new Zealand’s Hanee Song a shot further back in a share of eighth place.

Starting with a later tee time of 11.25am on Friday, Hillier made her first birdie at the sixth hole, but dropped a shot at the seventh and made the turn in level par. She double bogeyed the 10th but then rallied with back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th holes. Although she made another bogey on the 14th, she made a brilliant pair of birdies on the closing two holes, rolling in putts from five and two feet on the challenging 17th and 18th respectively.

“It was a little bit up and down in the middle there but I got it back really well, so I’m quite proud of that,” said the 28-year-old from Perth, who loves playing in the heat in India.

“I was two-over after 10 and then I got it back to finish one-under for the day. I hit it close on 17 and 18, where I used the slope quite well.

“It’s funny, I’m from Joondalup Golf Club, which is actually quite similar, shots wise. I just realised that this course has the ‘Lake’ and ‘Quarry’ nines, which is exactly the same as at Joondalup. I’m not kidding, it’s so surreal.”


Meanwhile Skarpnord, who teed off at 7.05am, described her round as a mixed bag. The 29-year-old from Sarpsborg said: “I had an early tee time today and I was pretty sure I was awake, but obviously I was not. I had a little seven there on the 11th hole, which was not a great start to the round, but I did my best to just forget about it. I said to myself, ‘Just forget about what just happened because if you’re going to think about that for the next 16 holes you might as well go home’. I felt that I did that well, and, at times I played great golf today. At other times, it was not that good, but overall, after that start, I’m happy with one-under today.”

MacLaren, who also played in the afternoon, said: “It was a bit of a grind out there. I think I clung on pretty well and I’m still up there. It was probably a bit tougher as there was more breeze out there and playing in the afternoon it’s a bit stickier, but it was still fairly similar to yesterday.”

The shot of the day belonged to Kelsey MacDonald, who used her 7-iron to make a hole-in-one at the par-3 16th.

Following round two, 68 players made the cut at +7 and the third round commences on Saturday at 6.45am local time.


Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Whitney Hillier (AUS)
-6
67
71
138
2
Marianne Skarpnord (NOR)
-5
68
71
139
3
Linda Wessberg (SWE)
-4
69
71
140
3
Meghan MacLaren (ENG)
-4
67
73
140
5
Lydia Hall (WAL)
-3
72
69
141
5
Christine Wolf (AUT)
-3
73
68
141
5
Charlotte Thompson (ENG)
-3
74
67
141
8
Liz Young (ENG)
-2
68
74
142
8
Amandeep Drall (IND)
-2
72
70
142
8
Hanee Song (NZL)
-2
71
71
142
11
Tonje Daffinrud (NOR)
-1
73
70
143
11
Catriona Matthew (SCO)
-1
70
73
143
11
Noora Komulainen (FIN)
-1
74
69
143
11
Emma Nilsson (SWE)
-1
70
73
143
15
Tvesa Malik (IND)
Par
72
72
144
15
Vani Kapoor (IND)
Par
74
70
144
15
Eleanor Givens (ENG)
Par
74
70
144
15
Nanthikarn Raksachat (THA)
Par
74
70
144
15
Trichat Cheenglab (THA)
Par
73
71
144
15
Laura Fuenfstueck (GER)
Par
72
72
144
15
Stacy Lee Bregman (RSA)
Par
71
73
144
22
Maria Palacios (PER)
1
73
72
145
22
Manon De Roey (BEL)
1
71
74
145
22
Chieh Peng (TPE)
1
74
71
145
22
Camille Chevalier (FRA)
1
75
70
145
22
Diksha Dagar (IND)
1
72
73
145
27
Cloe Frankish (ENG)
2
73
73
146
27
Luiza Altmann (BRA)
2
75
71
146
27
Sanna Nuutinen (FIN)
2
73
73
146
27
Chatprapa Siriprakob (THA)
2
73
73
146
31
Becky Kay (AUS)
3
70
77
147
31
Beth Allen (USA)
3
76
71
147
31
Filippa Moork (SWE)
3
75
72
147
31
Gaurika Bishnoi (IND)
3
73
74
147
31
Elia Folch (ESP)
3
71
76
147
36
Anika Varma (IND) (a)
4
76
72
148
36
Astha Madan (IND)
4
73
75
148
36
Kelsey Macdonald (SCO)
4
76
72
148
36
Silvia Banon (ESP)
4
75
73
148
36
Punpaka Phuntumabamrung (THA)
4
71
77
148
36
Carmen Alonso (ESP)
4
72
76
148
42
Dulcie Sverdloff (ENG)
5
76
73
149
42
Ursula Wikstrom (FIN)
5
72
77
149
42
Johanna Gustavsson (SWE)
5
75
74
149
42
Sian Evans (ENG)
5
73
76
149
42
Jackie Chulya (THA)
5
74
75
149
42
Lina Boqvist (SWE)
5
70
79
149
42
Michele Thomson (SCO)
5
71
78
149
49
Jahanvi Bakshi (IND) (a)
6
74
76
150
49
Felicity Johnson (ENG)
6
72
78
150
49
Manon Gidali (FRA)
6
75
75
150
49
Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (FRA)
6
74
76
150
49
Pranavi Urs (IND) (a)
6
71
79
150
49
Jessica Karlsson (SWE)
6
77
73
150
49
Isabella Leung (HKG)
6
74
76
150
56
Seher Atwal (IND) (a)
7
74
77
151
56
Kiran Matharu (ENG)
7
78
73
151
56
Karolin Lampert (GER)
7
77
74
151
56
Kylie Henry (SCO)
7
74
77
151
56
Florentyna Parker (ENG)
7
77
74
151
56
Elina Nummenpaa (FIN)
7
75
76
151
56
Maha Haddioui (MAR)
7
76
75
151
56
Yupaporn Kawinpakorn (THA)
7
74
77
151
56
Charlotte Leathem (ENG)
7
78
73
151
56
Lejan Lewthwaite (RSA)
7
77
74
151
56
Dussavi Soopimjit (THA)
7
73
78
151
56
Nobuhle Dlamini (SWZ)
7
72
79
151
56
Marita Engzelius (NOR)
7
77
74
151
CUT
69
Julia Engstrom (SWE)
8
74
78
152
69
Gabriella Cowley (ENG)
8
77
75
152
69
Maria Hernandez (ESP)
8
75
77
152
69
Hitaashee Bakshi (IND) (a)
8
79
73
152
73
Chloe Leurquin (BEL)
9
78
75
153
73
Emilie Alonso (FRA)
9
77
76
153
73
Neha Tripathi (IND)
9
73
80
153
73
Isabelle Boineau (FRA)
9
78
75
153
73
Sarah Nilsson (SWE)
9
75
78
153
73
Sarah Schober (AUT)
9
76
77
153
79
Paige Lee (USA)
10
82
72
154
79
Kyle Roig (USA)
10
76
78
154
79
Paige Stubbs (AUS)
10
71
83
154
79
Georgia Iziemgbe Oboh (NGR)
10
74
80
154
79
Lauren Taylor (ENG)
10
78
76
154
79
Krista Bakker (FIN)
10
81
73
154
79
Stefania Avanzo (ITA)
10
73
81
154
79
Valdis Thora Jonsdottir (ISL)
10
80
74
154
87
Gursimar Badwal (IND)
11
75
80
155
87
Amy Walsh (AUS)
11
75
80
155
87
Noemi Jimenez Martin (ESP)
11
76
79
155
87
Victoria Lovelady (BRA)
11
77
78
155
87
Melanie Maetzler (SUI)
11
78
77
155
92
Ridhima Dilawari (IND)
12
83
73
156
92
Valentine Derrey (FRA)
12
72
84
156
92
Gemma Clews (ENG)
12
77
79
156
92
Siddhi Kapoor (IND)
12
81
75
156
92
Sneha Singh (IND) (a)
12
77
79
156
92
Manon Molle (FRA)
12
80
76
156
98
Carly Booth (SCO)
13
81
76
157
98
Becky Morgan (WAL)
13
77
80
157
100
Chakansim Kamborn (THA)
14
83
75
158
100
Agathe Sauzon (FRA)
14
78
80
158
100
Justine Dreher (FRA)
14
79
79
158
100
Sideri Vanova (CZE)
14
79
79
158
104
Inci Mehmet (ENG)
15
74
85
159
104
Gauri Karhade (IND)
15
79
80
159
104
Breanna Gill (AUS)
15
76
83
159
104
Amelia Lewis (USA)
15
78
81
159
104
Anne-Lise Caudal (FRA)
15
78
81
159
109
Ananya Datar (IND)
16
77
83
160
110
Khushi Khanijau (IND)
17
80
81
161
111
Jyotsana Singh (IND)
18
73
89
162
112
Frida Gustafsson Spang (SWE)
19
86
77
163
112
Emie Peronnin (FRA)
19
86
77
163
114
Smriti Mehra (IND)
20
79
85
164
114
Victoria Fricot (AUS)
20
80
84
164
116
Leticia Ras-anderica (GER)
80
RTD
RTD
116
Kanyalak Preedasuttijit (THA)
79
RTD
RTD
116
Afshan Fatima (IND)
91
RTD
RTD
116
Nadine Dreher (AUT)
RTD
RTD
RTD
116
Ana Menendez (MEX)
90
RTD
RTD