CP Women’s Open: Aditi Ashok moves to tied-30th

The Indian golfer cards two-under 70 in the first round.

Aditi Ashok is still searching for her first top-10 finish of the season.   -  Getty Images

India’s Aditi Ashok got off to a steady start with two-under 70 following three birdies on the back in the first round of the CP Women’s Open here.

Aditi opened with a string of pars before her first bogey on ninth. On the back nine, she birdied 10th, 11th and 18th to finish at tied 30th. Aditi, who is still searching for her first Top-10 of the season, is currently 88th on the CME Globe rankings on the LPGA Tour.

She will be looking to move up higher to ensure her place in the CME Group Tour Championships, which she has played in the last two years. This year, Aditi’s best has been tied 18 in Arkansas.

Annie Park shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead in the opening round and she could make a strong claim to get into the American Solheim Cup with a strong showing this week. Park hit 15 greens in regulation and eagled the par-5 ninth.

Defending champion Brooke Henderson and fellow Canadian Anne-Catherine Tanguay were one shot back along with top-ranked Jin Young Ko, Pajaree Anannarukarn and Nicole Broch Larsen.

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Rahil Gangjee fought back with three birdies in a row and was one-under through 15 holes when inclement weather ended play on the second day of Shigeo Nagashima Invitational Segasammy Cup Golf Tournament. The Indian, who shot even par 72 in the first round, was one-under through 33 holes and was tied 38th.

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Gangjee, even par for front nine with two birdies and two bogeys, dropped shots on 10th and 11th. He fought back with birdies on 13, 14 and 15 when play was halted.

Ryo Ishikawa (67-66) was in lead at 11-under 133 while Thailand’s Prom Meesawat (67-68) was two shots behind at nine-under 135. Five players including Yuta Ikeda were tied third at six-under 138.

The Segasammy Cup is the first event after a six-week break on Japan Tour. The last event was Japan PGA, which was won by Ishikawa, who is looking for back-to-back wins.