Ridhima Dilawari became the toast of the Indian contingent when she returned a card of 3-under 69 to be placed tied fifth following her first round of Womens Indian Open 2018 golf tournament. Ridhima is playing only her second event as a professional and is three behind the leader Norwegian Tonje Daffinrud (66).
Ridhima, the 20-year-old, appeared at the Asian Games at Jakarta as an amateur. However, she turned by the end of September and played just one event on the domestic Tour. She led for two days but ended T-4th on the third and final day.
With three birdies in last four holes, including the tough 18th, Ridhima was the best Indian. On the other hand, Gaurika Bishnoi, playing on her home course, capitalised on a lucky bounce on the rocky 17th hole enroute to a 1-under 71 card.
Gaurika was tied 11th. Meanwhile, the three other Indians, including local amateur Sifat Sagoo, Tvesa Malik and Afshan Fatima, were levelled at 18th with identical scores of 72 apiece.
Lastly, Vani Kapoor had a forgettable run with a 5-over 77 and has increased her workload with lots to make the cut. It will be applied at the end of the second day.
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Aditya Sahay, a former cricket reporter/writer and statistician, has shifted gears to other sports (primarily badminton, tennis, kabaddi, hockey, golf etc). While cricket remains his first love, he enjoys covering and writing on kabaddi, hockey and tennis. He dons Germanys jersey during FIFA and believes Dhoni Dhoni hai, isko (aur) mauka mila toh bahut aage jayega