‘Four-birdie’ Amandeep on leader Gursimar’s heel

Sports Reporter
Friday, 25 January 2019

Amandeep Drall fired four birdies and posted 12 pars in the only under-par card submitted on the second day that helped her to close in the gap to be just one shot off the leader Gursimar Badwal after the second round of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour event at the Oxford Golf Resort here on Thursday.

Pune: Amandeep Drall fired four birdies and posted 12 pars in the only under-par card submitted on the second day that helped her to close in the gap to be just one shot off the leader Gursimar Badwal after the second round of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour event at the Oxford Golf Resort here on Thursday.

More than drilling in four birdies, twelve pars that Amandeep putted in, made all the difference as the only baggage she carried was a bogey and a double bogey on the par-5 Hole No 4 that laid out an interesting situation for the third and final day of this second leg of the women’s Tour event being played on back-to-back weeks in Pune.

The two-round aggregate leader Gursimar Badwal, who posted a creditable 68 on the first day, was one-over in the second round that cut her five-shot Day 1 lead to one stroke after 18 holes following a card of 75. Gursimar was five-over after 13 holes on, but three back-to-back birdies helped her to close the day with a round of 75 and stay put in contention with a two-round aggregate of one-under 143, while Amandeep was even par 144.

Tvesa Malik (73), the 2018 Hero Order of Merit winner, was lying Tied-third with rookie Sifat Alag (74) at three-over 147. Winner of the first leg, Neha Tripathi had a rough day with four-over 76 and she was fifth at five-over 149.

Ananya Datar (74) was sole sixth at 152, while Mille Saroha (74) and Gaurika Bishnoi (80), who had a disastrous four-hole run of two bogeys and two doubles bogeys between fifth and eighth, were Tied-seventh.

Afshan Fatima (78) was lying ninth, as Khushi Khanijau (77) and Suchitra Ramesh (80) were tied for tenth place.

Gursimar and Amandeep played in the lead group with Sifat being the third player. Gursimar dropped a shot on third but Amandeep had a double bogey on Par-5 fourth.

Tvesa, who had four birdies on the front nine also gave away a lot of shots as she dropped three bogeys. Yet she was the only player to turn in under-par for the front nine.

Sifat had her woes with a double on Par-4 fifth and a bogey on sixth but a birdie on seventh saw her play the first nine in two-over 38 like Gursimar. On the back nine, Gursimar dropped three shots in four holes between 10th and 13th at which point all her lead had disappeared. That’s also when Gursimar staged a fine fight back for three birdies in a row from 14th to 16th.

Amandeep added birdies on 13th and 14th but Gursimar’s three-in-a-row gave her a two-shot lead yet again. However, the bogey on 18th meant she was just one clear of Amandeep at the end of the second day.

Tvesa, after being one-under for the front nine, made no headway on the back nine and in fact slipped back with two-over 38, with bogeys on 12th and 14th and no birdies.
 
She was tied-third with Sifat, who during the day had three birdies, three bogeys and a double in her 74.

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