INDIA ROUND-UP: Diksha 2nd in Aust; Sharmila 7th in SA; SSP makes cut

Diksha soars to second, Aditi is Tied-11 in New South Wales Open

Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia, Feb 28: Diksha Dagar was razor sharp with birdie chances on almost every hole and shot a solid four-under 68 including an eagle in the second round of the Women’s New South Wales Open. Dagar, who was Tied-fifth in the same event last year, carded 69 in the first round and at seven-under 137 she is Tied-second and two shots behind leader, Manon De Roey, who shot 64 in the second round.

Three-time winner on LET, Aditi Ashok recovered from her first round 73 to shoot 68 and rise to T-11 at the end of the second round.

The other four Indians in the field, Tvesa Malik (79-73), Gaurika Bishnoi (74-78), Astha Madan (78-77)and Ridhima Dilawari (81-78) missed the cut, which fell at two-over.

She said: “My approach shots were very good, and my putting. I had a birdie chance on every hole. My driving was slightly off and I missed left and right on a few holes, but my irons were great.”

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Diksha soars to second, Aditi is Tied-11 in NSW Open; De Roey leads

 Sharmila Nicollet finishes T-7 at Joburg Ladies Open

Soweto, SA, February 28: Sharmila Nicollet finished Tied-seventh on a difficult final day when play was interrupted by threat of lightning at the 500 000 Rand Joburg Ladies Open at the Soweto Country Club on the Sunshine Ladies Tour.

Sharmila, who was Tied-sixth at the start of the day, moved as high as third, but then slipped on the back nine, where was seven-over in a card of seven-over 79. She tied seventh with five others, including an amateur.

Meanwhile, the runaway leader of first two rounds, Sidiri Vanova of Czech Republic fell with a round of 78, as local South African golfer, Monique Smit, who turned 29 two days ago, fired the only sub-par round of the day at two-under 70.

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Sharmila Nicollet finishes T-7 at Joburg Ladies Open

Chawrasia makes cut, as Gallacher and Hojgaard lead in Oman 

Muscat, Oman, Feb 28: SSP Chawrasia suffered a mid-round lapse with two bogeys and a double bogey between sixth and ninth, and scored three-over 75 in the second round of the Oman Open. He is now one-under 143 and was the only Indian to make the cut at the event.

Shubhankar Sharma (74-74) and Gaganjeet Bhullar (74-76) missed the cut, which fell at even par.

Stephen Gallacher (68-67), the 45-year-old, who ended a five-year-long drought by winning the Hero Indian Open, and 18-year-old Rasmus Højgaard  (67-68) shared the lead at nine-under at the end of the second day two of the 2020 Oman Open.

Finn  Kalle Samooja (71-65) fired an eventful 65 to sit at eight under with Nicolas Colsaerts (69-67), two shots clear of English pair Richard McEvoy (70-68), Robert Rock (73-65), Joost Luiten (69-69) and Brandon Stone (67-71) and Guido Migliozzi were tied fifth at six-under.

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Chawrasia makes cut, as Gallacher and Hojgaard lead in Oman

Sandhu, Madappa only Indians to make cut in NZ; Joohyung leads

 Queenstown, NZ, Feb 28: Ajeetesh Sandhu (68) and Viraj Madappa (68) turned in solid rounds of 68 each but on different courses and made the halfway cut at the New Zealand Open on Friday.

They were the only two Indians to get into weekend rounds of the six who started. While Sandhu shot bogey free four-under 68 at the Hillbrook course to get to three-under total and ied-25th, Madappa was three-under 68 at Millbrook with four birdies in last eight holes to reach two-under and was T-35.

Sandhu shot one-over 72 on Millbrook in first round, while Madappa shot one-over 73 at Hillbrook on first day.

The other Indians Shiv Kapur (71-74), Khalin Joshi (71-79), Aman Raj (74-72) and Chiragh Kumar (74-74) missed the cut, which fell at even par.

Meanwhile, teenager Joohyung Kim (Korea) with 68 in second and a total of 11-underr was leading with Ben Eccles from Australia, who shot 69 and is 10-under.

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Sandhu, Madappa only Indians to make cut in NZ Open; Joohyung leads

Atwal shoots 75, lies way back as sponsor invitees take lead

Palm Beach, Florida, Feb 28: Arjun Atwal, who came through a tough Monday qualifier, seemed fine for a while, till he ran into rough weather, which became worse and he ended with five-over 75 and was T-120thin the Honda Classic. He will need a solid second round tot have any chance of trying to make the cut, which as it stands looks likely around three-over.

Atwal opened with two pars and then had an eagle on Par-5 third, when he holed out his third shot from 72 feet. That was the last he smiled as he bogeyed four in a row from fourth and added two more bogeys on ninth and tenth. Birdies on 14thand 17thmeant little because of a double on 15thand a bogey on 18thand a card of 75.

Tom Lewis and Harris English, who came into the event as sponsor’s invites  made good use of that as they shared the lead at the end of the first round. Both shot 4-under 66 at PGA National, while Lee Westwood, also in the field due to a sponsor exemption, was one shot back with Zach Johnson, J.T. Poston, Brian Stuard and Cameron Tringale.

Brooks Koepka, in his hometown tournament, made a triple bogey and a double bogey in a four-hole span on the front side on his way to a 74.

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Atwal shoots 75, lies way back as sponsor invitees take lead

 

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