Bengaluru, November 4: Aditi Ashok has set her name in stone, emerging as the number one women’s golfer in the country. And yet again the Bengaluru pro has showed her class with another convincing win at the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open.
Though the 19-year-old played out her worst round of the week, Aditi held onto her nerves to notch up a nerve-wrecking one-shot win in Abu Dhabi on Saturday (November 4).
With the win Aditi clinched her third Ladies European Tour title, and also heads into the upcoming Hero Women’s Indian Open on a positive note, which the Indian won last year, to go down in history as the first Indian woman to win the tournament.
“I’m happy I came out on top” expressed Ashok. She added: “It was the plan on seventeenth as well, so I don’t know how that happened. I did the same on 18 and gave myself a birdie chance and it just didn’t go in. On the tee box I actually watched Georgia hit the second shot and heard clapping, so knew that was a par putt. I figured out I only had a one short lead and I was kind of in-between minds whether I should go over the water or go from the left. I decided to go from the left and it worked.”
Aditi was certainly the most consistent over the four days so it was no surprise the seasoned golfer would be in the mix. She said: “I was in control as I had my game plan and I wasn’t too aggressive. I just kept giving myself birdie putts. That was the story of my putting all week. I guess it was the birdies that did it for me.”
Aditi who had headed into the final round with sole lead got off to an even par start, before dropping her first shot on the par-four fourth hole. The teenager quickly got her act back on track as she carded back-to-back birdies on the 5th and 6th holes, with another saved shot coming on the 9th.
Taking the turn Aditi looked on course to an easy victory with three saved shots on the 11th, 13th and 15th. But from thereon the Bengaluru pro looked dangerously close to giving away the trophy as she carded her first double bogey of the tournament on the penultimate hole. But the she held onto her nerves to notch up a one-stroke victory.
The Indian showed her class as she walked away with the winner’s cheque of € 70,787.85 at the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club.
Meanwhile, England’s Georgina Hall played her best round of the week to jump from tied fifth, to set herself up for contention.
Hall was hot on Aditi’s trail, as she turned in a blemish free card studded with six birdies. The English golfer turned in a final round of 6-under-66 to finish second.
Meanwhile, another Indian in the fray, Vani Kapoor, who had emerged triumphant at the 14th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour last week, ended placed 57th with a total of one-over-289.