Diksha Dagar. Pic by Tristan Jones/ LET
London, June 16: Diksha Dagar holed some crucial putts to help her team to a solid third place in the first round of the Team competition at the Aramco Team Series London.
Despite her efforts for the team, Diksha, had a disappointing personal 7-over 80. Diksha, who was a part of the winning team last year, had three birdies, all of which were helpful for team scores.
Tvesa Malik had played just eight holes and was one-over and her team was way down 32nd place.
Diksha partnering Spaniard Ana Pelaez, the team captain, Northern Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey and amateur Ivan Forster, brought in a score of 14-under. They were two behind joint leaders, Team Anne Van Damm and Team Linn Grant, who are 16-under.
Each team comprises three professionals and one amateur and the two best scores at each hole count towards the team competition, which will be decided at the end of the second round. The individual honours will be claimed after the third and final round.
In the individual section, Sweden’s Sofie Bringer was on top with a personal 7-under 66 that included three eagles. Georgia Hall (67) and Bronte Law (66) followed her on the Par-73 Centurion Golf Club course.
Diksha’s birdies were instrumental in adding to the team’s gains and they came on Par-5 sixth, where she was the best with a birdie; the birdie on Par-5 ninth; and the birdie on Par-4 16th, where she was once again the best scorer for her team. Also, Diksha’s par on Par-3 11th made up for Pelaez’s bogey and Mehaffey’s double.
Overall Diksha had three birdies, six bogeys and two doubles and was way down in the leaderboard. She will need a strong second round to make the cut for individual prizes. Diksha was T-97 and only the Top-60 and ties move to the final round. Dagar’s teammates Pelaez had a 3-under 70 and Mehaffey shot 6-over 79.
England’s Georgia Hall, a Major winner, was second at 6-under 67. Bronte Law, who had a great outing at the US Women’s Open was third at 5-under 67.