Aditi Ashok shines in Swiss Ladies Open while Shubhankar goes strong in BMW Championship

Aditi Ashok was the best Indian in Switzerland while Shubhankar shot 2-under 70 to sit 22nd at Wentworth

Aditi Ashok

File Photo: Aditi was one-under for the front nine with a birdie on Par-5 third and then she dropped her only shot of the day on 10th before picking a birdie on par-4 12th.   -  AP

Aditi Ashok was the best Indian with a card of 2-under 70 in the opening round of the VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour in Holzhausern.

Amandeep Drall, who had a Tied-4th place last week on LET Access Series, turned in a birdie-birdie finish to score even par 72 and was T-56, while the other Indians will need good second rounds to make the cut.

Tvesa Malik, Gaurika Bishnoi and Vani Kapoor shot 1-over 73 each and were T-68th, while Ridhima Dilawari (75) was T-92.

Astha Madan (81) was T-122 and certain to miss the cut.

There was a two-way tie at the top of the leaderboard as Chloe Williams and Marianne Skarpnord both finished day one on eight-under-par.

Aditi was one-under for the front nine with a birdie on Par-5 third and then she dropped her only shot of the day on 10th before picking a birdie on par-4 12th.

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Williams, who went out in the second group this morning, set the clubhouse lead after shooting a bogey-free round of 64 which included eight birdies.

The Welshwoman has had two top-ten finishes this season and led after the first round of the Creekhouse Ladies Open last week.

Skarpnord produced an excellent round of 64 herself to be in a share of the lead with the highlight of her day being her hole-in-one at the par-3 15th – her second of the 2021 season.

The five-time LET winner made four birdies on the front nine to make the turn in 31 and looked set to be the new leader, but a bogey on 18 ensured she joined Williams on eight-under.

Four players are tied for third place on seven-under-par, including Swiss amateur Elena Moosmann, who is 13th in the LET Access Series Order of Merit.

SHUBHANKAR SHINES IN THE BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

It was a tale of two nines for Shubhankar Sharma as he shot 2-under 70 to lie at T-22 in the opening round of the BMW PGA Championship here.

Sharma was 2-over for the front nine with bogeys on third and seventh and then changed his fortunes with birdies on 14th and 15th and an eagle on Par-5 17th to be placed T-22.

Play was suspended overnight due to darkness, with four groups remaining to complete in round one in the championship which is the third Rolex Series event of the 2021 Race to Dubai.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat carded seven birdies in a stunning back nine at Wentworth Club to take as share of the first round lead.

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The 32-year-old from Thailand has struggled to find the kind of form which has earned him four European Tour titles, but he reignited the flame on the West Course's famous back nine.

Five birdies in succession were followed by back-to-back birdies at the 16th and 17th, earning him an eight under 64 and a one-stroke advantage.

He was joined at the top by South Africa's Christiaan Bezuidenhout, the three-time European Tour winner carding an eagle at the par five fourth hole and picking up birdies on the final three holes to sign for his 64.

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