Phatlum wins, Smriti finishes 6th at DLF Women's Indian Open

Gurgaon,Mar 28 (UNI) Curbing her aggressive instincts and playing to a plan, Phatlum Pornanong of Thailand, with a steady par 72 last round, won the DLF Women's Indian open Golf title here today.

Pre-tournament favourite Smriti Mehra also carded a final round of even par 72 but finished tied sixth, to be the best Indian with a total of two-over 218. It was her second successive top-10 finish on the Ladies Asian Golf Tour.

Phatlum became the only player to finish with a sub-par total of four under par 212 in the three-day event.

Phatlum, who led from the first day, was four shots clear of Wei Yun Jye (71) of Chinese Taipei and Yuki Sakurai of Japan (72) who shared the second place at even par 216.

Tied for fourth was the World Cupper from China, Wang Chun who bogeyed the last hole for a 75 and Korea's Nam Min Ji (70) at one-over 217.

Sharing the sixth place with Smriti was Chinese Taipei amateur Hsien Yu-Ling (71) at two-over 218.

Disappointed at not being able to challenge for the title, Smriti agreed it was a reasonably good finish and she would take it.

Putting aside her own frustration, Smriti said she was happy for the rest of the field who not only fought the challenges of the ''beautiful'' course, but also the hot and humid weather, particularly in the last two days.

Teenaged amateur Tanya Wadhwa was the next best Indian at tied 19th with a total of 10-over 226 and a final round of 74.

Sharmila Nicollet, another teenaged amateur, aggregated 14-over 230 and was tied 26th.

Irina Brar, who was hit by a back problem on the second day, withdrew on medical grounds.

18-year old Phatlum has now won both events on the LAGT this season, having won the Thailand Ladies Open five weeks ago.


Story first published: Friday, March 28, 2008, 20:04 [IST]
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