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Golf: Ridhima clinches title by six shots, for her fourth win of Hero WPG Tour season

Harpal Singh Bedi

Ridhima Dilawari receiving Winner’s cheque from Mr. Simarjeet Singh, Chairman Tournaments, NGC

Noida:  Ridhima Dilawari carded her first over par round of the tournament as she returned 73 in the final round  but still managed to win the the 14thLeg of the Hero Women’s Pro  Tour  by six shots at the Noida Golf Course on Friday.

Ridhima  hit  pair of bogeys right at the end  and though that reduced her lead but  she still  coasted to her fourth win of the season without much ado.

The title winner , who led by six shots at the end of the second round, extended that to nine shots at one stage. Tvesa Malik , playing a group ahead, birdied the last, while Ridhima bogeyed 17thand 18th, but the difference was still a massive six strokes.

Ridhima totalled three-under 213  for the victory . She is now the top winner this season, while Tvesa has three wins.

Tvesa  (70) was the only player to return  under par in the final round and tied with Amandeep Drall (73) for second place at 219. 

Diksha Dagar, who shot 78 on second day, carded 73 on the final day to finish fourth at 220 and Gaurika Bishnoi ended a none-too-happy week with a 75 and was fifth at 223.

Astha Madan (73) and Saaniya Sharma (76) were sixth and seventh respectively, while Ananya Datar (75) and Smriti Mehra (81) were Tied-eighth at 234. Ishvari Prasanna (78) and Siddhi Kapoor (79) were Tied-tenth at 235.

Starting with a big  lead, Ridhima played  steady through the front nine with eight pars followed by a birdie on ninth. A birdie on 11thmeant she was two-under for the day.  Her first bogey of the day came on 12th, which wasfollowed by four pars and finally two bogeys.

Tvesa, nine behind at the start, dropped  shots  on third and seventh before back-to-back birdies made her score even for the front nine. A birdie on 13thand another on 18thmeant she finished at 2 under 70. Amandeep bogeyed the Par-3 16thand Par-4 18thand fell into a tie for second.

Diksha parred the first 12 holes before dropping shots on 13thand 15thand her solitary birdie of the day came on the Par-3 16th.

Gaurika Bishnoi  still is  on top of the Hero Order of Merit, while Amandeep Drall and Ridhima moved up one place each to become second and third. Neha Tripathi, second at the start of the week, slipped to fourth after finishing 15th.

HSB

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