Aditi Ashok saved her best for the last, as she finished tied-22nd at the Ricoh Women’s British Open on Sunday. A flawless four-under 68 helped Aditi Ashok record her best ever finish in a Major,
Aditi, who had struggled with the links course, managing two even-par 72s and a 73 in the first three rounds, found her touch on the final day to shoot her first under-par score of the tournament.
Aditi, who had made her first cut in three attempts at the Women’s British Open two days ago, shot a bogey-free round to make it her best performance at a Major. Aditi made three birdies in a row, on the sixth, seventh and eighth holes, and added another on the 16th.
The 20-year-old Indian finally found some rhythm in her game this week as she produced a bogey free round that included a hat-trick of birdies from sixth to eighth and a fourth one on 16th.
Aditi’s previous best at a Major was T-29 at the 2017 Women’s PGA Championships. The Bangalore girl has made cuts in ANA Inspiration with a best of T-42, while missing the weekend action at the US Women’s Open and Evian Championships.
England’s Georgia Hall produced a scintillating 5-under 67 in the final round to clinch victory. She carded a final round five-under 67 to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes for her first victory on the LPGA Tour. With her win, she becomes the fourth Englishwoman to win the Championship and first since Karen Stupples in 2004.
The 2018 LPGA Tour rookie finished the week at 17-under par, two-strokes ahead of 36 and 54-hole leader Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand. So Yeon Ryu finished solo third at 13-under par with a final round 2-under 70.
Hall’s victory comes one year after she finished T3 at the 2017 Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns. Hall made two bogeys the entire week and didn’t drop a single shot yesterday as she kept pace with Phatlum, who recorded a two-under 70. The runner-up finish is a career best for the Thai.
(Inputs from PTI)