Aditi Ashok pulls out of women’s Indian Open

The fast-rising 20-year-old from Bengaluru will play the Buick LPGA tournament that will be held on the same dates in Shanghai instead.

Ashok won the Hero Women’s Indian Open in 2016.   -  AFP

Former champion Aditi Ashok on Wednesday pulled out of the $500,000 Hero Women’s Indian Open golf tournament scheduled to be held from October 18-21 at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram.

The fast-rising 20-year-old from Bengaluru has decided to play the Buick LPGA tournament, a event co-sanctioned by the China Golf Association, the Ladies Professional Golf Association and the China LPGA Tour that will be held on the same dates in Shanghai, China.

“It is with disappointment that I have decided to not play the Hero Women’s Indian Open this year,” Ashok posted on her official Twitter account.

“This would have been my 8th Indian Open in a row but right now playing the BUICK LPGA during the same week is important to me. As a past champion, it wasn’t easy to make this decision but I look forward to playing many more Indian Opens in the coming years,” she wrote.

The 12th edition of the Women’s Indian Open is set be the richest ever, with $75,000 going to the winner, and Aditi hoped it would be another successful edition this year.

“Clearly, the increase in prize money and the live TV reflects how much the tournament has evolved over the years and I hope it continues to grow from strength to strength. Best wishes to Hero Women’s Indian Open, Ladies European Tour, Women’s Golf Association of India, DLF Golf and Country Club for another successful edition,” Ashok wrote.

Ashok won the Hero Women’s Indian Open and the Qatar Ladies Open in 2016, besides clinching the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open last year. She also represented India at the Rio Olympics.