Aditi Ashok shot a bogey-free five-under 67 to come second at the Mizuho Americas Open golf tournament. She was two shots behind leader Lauren Hartlage, who shot a career-best round with five birdies and an eagle. Aditi has already won one event this season on the Ladies European Tour, and leads the Order of Merit on the other side of the Atlantic. She hit 12 of the 14 fairways and found 13 greens in regulation, and may have missed a couple of birdies but was happy with a 67. Meanwhile, Indian golfer Manu Gandas carded an even par 72 at the Porsche European Open.
As mentioned in Sportstar, Indian golfer Aditi Ashok carded an impressive five-under 67 to secure second place at the Mizuho Americas Open golf tournament. The lone Indian representative at the event, Aditi was only two shots behind leader Lauren Hartlage, who shot a career-best round of 65.
This is not the first time Aditi has come close to winning on the LPGA tour, having finished second at the JM Eagle LA Championship earlier this year. She also finished T-5 at the Cognizant Founders Cup and has already secured one win this season on the Ladies European Tour.
Despite her impressive form, Aditi remains humble, stating that golf can be a humbling sport. She focuses on playing the best round of golf she can on the day and taking it one shot at a time.
Starting on the back nine, Aditi got off to a strong start with birdies on the 10th and 12th holes. She added a third birdie on the 16th and turned in three-under. Further gains came on the fifth and sixth holes, resulting in a bogey-free round of 67.
Aditi’s game was solid, hitting 12 of 14 fairways and finding 13 greens in regulation. She needed only 27 putts for the round and may have missed a couple of birdie opportunities but was happy with her To draw a conclusion performance.
Hartlage dominated the leaderboard with a bogey-free seven-under, starting with an eagle on the 10th and maintaining her momentum throughout the round. Northern Irishwoman Stephanie Meadow and two-time champion Atthaya Thitikul of Thailand are tied for third place.
In other golf news, Indian golfer Manu Gandas had a steady start at the Porsche European Open, carding an even par 72 to place Tied-26th. Gandas, who topped the rankings on India’s domestic PGTI Tour last year, is playing in the DP World Tour due to a strategic alliance between the tours. Shubhankar Sharma, the only other Indian in the field, took time off this week to practice for the Open next week.
To draw a conclusion, it was a strong start for Aditi and Gandas, and Indian golf fans will be eagerly following their progress in the coming days.