India Round up – Ridhima best Indian in Aus Wom Classic; Atwal and Herbert 28th

From Left: Arjun Atwal, Ridhima Dilawari, Aditi Ashok, SSP Chawrasia, Rahil Gangjee and Manu Gandas.

Ridhima best Indian at T-12 in Australian Women’s Classic

Bonville, Australia, April 22: Ridhima Dilawari was the best placed Indian even as play was suspended on the second day of the Australian Women’s Classic – Bonville. Ridhima, playing her first event outside India in 2022, was 1-over through 10 holes in the second round. She is now 1-under for the tournament and placed T-12.

Ridhima had an eventful 10 holes which included two birdies and an eagle on a tough day when weather hampered play and was finally suspended.

Amandeep Drall, who shot a superb 4-under 68 on first day stumbled in the second round to 9-over 81 but will still make the cut at 5-over and is T-49.

Also making the cut are Vani Kapoor (70-75) at 1-over for 36 holes and T-21, while Neha Tripathi will need to stay in suspense as she was on the cutline with 76-75. She is 7-over and T-65 right on the cutline and will be hoping to stay there.

England’s Meghan MacLaren held her top position at the end of a suspended second day. The 27-year-old held the overnight lead having shot an opening 67 (-5) and she picked up where she left off having rolled in three birdies on her opening nine holes on day two.

Atwal, Herbert T-28 at Zurich Classic of New Orleans

New Orleans, April 22: Arjun Atwal playing in his first tournament since last October was T-28 along with his partner Lucas Herbert after the first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in the only official FedExCup event to feature a two-player team format.

Atwal, whose last event was the one won by Herbert in Bermuda, had four birdies against three bogeys, while Herbert had four birdies and no bogeys as the duo posted 7-under 65.

Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele blazed the course with a 13-under 59, setting a new tournament record since the event switched to team format five years ago.

Matthew NeSmith and Taylor Moore were second with 12-under 60, while three pairs, Aaron Rai and David Lipsky, Tommy Gainey and Robert Garrigus, and Doc Redman and Sam Ryder  were T-3 at 11-under.

Asian stars Seung-Yul Noh and Sung Kang got off to solid starts after firing identical 9-under 63s with their respective partners in the opening Four-ball of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans to share ninth spot.

Chawrasia makes midway cut after a strange opening round

Tarragona, Spain, April 22: It was a strange opening day for SSP Chawrasia, the only Indian in the field at the ISPS Handa Championship in Spain. When Chawrasia came off the course after 16 holes on Day 1 as play was called off early due to darkness, the scoreboard showed him as one of the four clubhouse co-leaders at 6-under at the Infinitum’s Lakes Course. Earlier the tournament had a delayed start due to heavy rain and thunderstorms,

However, the fact was Chawrasia was only 1-under through 16 and the scoreboard was malfunctioning. Later on Friday morning the scores were corrected and the four-time winner on European Tour, Chawrasia, dropped a bogey on the ninth, his final hole of the first round, to finish the day at even par 70. He had three birdies and three bogeys.

In the second round that ensued  Chawrasia had four birdies against three bogeys for 1-under 69 and is now 1-under for 36 holes and T-58th to make the cut.

Meanwhile Scott Jamieson, who had 66 on first day added 63 on second to go to 11-under and to the top of the leader board. Tapio Pulkkanen (64-67) and Johannes Veerman (64-69) who had 64 each, were now second and third respectively. Pulkkanen was sole second while Veerman was T-3 with Rasmus Hojgaard (66-67), David Law (65 and 2-under through 17) and Adrian Otaegui (66 and 3-under through 17).

Disappointing start for Aditi Ashok

Los Angeles, April 22: Aditi Ashok had her worst start of the season as she went to 6-over 77 in the first round of the DIO Implant LA Open. Aditi, who had been having a fair season so far had three double bogeys, a bogey and just one birdie. She was lying way down on the leader board on a very breezy day at the Wilshire Country Club.

Aditi will need a very low second round to make the cut. She has just missed one cut in five previous starts in 2022.

Alison Lee shot a bogey free 5-under 66 at the breezy Wilshire Country Club in testing conditions to take the first-round lead. Lee, 27, is trying to win for the first time on the LPGA Tour.

Fellow afternoon starter Emma Talley and morning players Nasa Hataoka and Emily Kristine Pedersen were a stroke back at 4-under 67.

Gangjee misses cut by one shot in Japan

Tokyo, April 22: Rahil Gangjee missed the cut by just one shot despite shooting a second successive 2-under 69 at the ISPS HANDA Championship in Japan. Gangjee, who had four birdies and two bogeys in the first round, had the same on the second day. Three of the four birdies on the second day were on the same holes as the first day – the fifth, 12th and the 17th.

Meanwhile, Yuta Katsuragawa, who shot a 63 to continue his relentless push for a maiden JGTO victory. He shared the top with five others, all of whom were Japanese. The others are Kazuki Higa, Daijiro Izumida, Yuki Furukawa, Katsumasa Miyamoto and Rikuya Hoshino.

Manu’s second win of season lifts him to third place on PGTI Order of Merit

Noida, April 22: In-form Manu Gandas of Gurugram continued to impress as he shot a resolute final round of four-under 68 to register a convincing four-stroke win at the Prometheus School presents Delhi-NCR Open 2022, a Rs. 40 lakh event, played at the Noida Golf Course.

In searing heat on Friday, Gandas (65-69-67-68) aggregated 19-under 269 for the week to record his third career victory which was also his second of the 2022 season. The 26-year-old Manu picked up the winning cheque worth Rs. 6,46,600 to move up from fifth to third position in the TATA Steel PGTI Order of Merit.

Md Zamal Hossain Mollah (66-70-69-68) of Bangladesh finished runner-up at 15-under 273 as a result of his last round of 68. It was Zamal’s second straight runner-up finish following his second spot at Chandigarh last week. Mollah thus climbed from 10th to fifth place in the PGTI Order of Merit.



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