Indian Aditi Ashok secures spot at Women’s Golf Open-Sports News, Firstpost

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It was the second time Aditi had qualified for the Women’s Open, the first time she had achieved her career best record in a Major with a T-22 finish in 2018.

File image of Aditi Ashok. Image courtesy: Twitter / @ LPGA

Carnoustie (Scotland): Indian golfer Aditi Ashok cleared the first hurdle as she crossed the threshold to secure her participation in the weekend rounds of the AIG Women’s Open here.

Aditi (71-74) latched onto the tough closing holes of the tough Carnoustie Links to complete her 36 holes in one, which was also the cut line as 66 players did.

It was the second time Aditi had qualified for the Women’s Open, the first time she had achieved her career best record in a Major with a T-22 finish in 2018.

Aditi birdied the sixth but returned the win at the next hole. Of the nine toughest full-backs, Aditi dropped shots on both Par-3s. It was the 13th Par-3, which she birdied on the first day, and the 16th Par-3. She traded the last two holes with pars to sneak into the weekend action.

England’s Georgia Hall produced another solid day, shooting a round of 69 to be a co-leader at the halfway point. The 2018 Women’s Open champion backed up her first round of 68 with another round in the ’60s to put her seven-below par for the tournament.

Alongside Hall is Mina Harigae, who shot a 67-ball and took advantage of the calmer morning conditions to put the clubhouse’s lead a seven-below par.

Hall scored 33 birdies after hitting three birdies on the fourth, fifth and seventh holes, an even return nine where she had three more birdies and a share of the clubhouse lead.

Harigae had three birdies and a bogey on the first nine, before hitting four more birdies and dropping a shot on the last nine.

One stroke behind the leaders and tied for third are American Lizette Salas and South Korea’s Sei Young Kim, who produced rounds of 69 and 71 respectively.

Six players are tied for fifth out of five under par heading into the weekend, including Ireland’s Leona Maguire who shot a round of 67 without a bogey to get into contention.

Maguire sits alongside 2021 US Open Women’s champion Yuka Saso, Americans Yealimi Noh and Lexi Thompson, Thailand’s Moriya Jutanugarn and Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen.


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