Aditi makes cut for first time at Women’s British Open

At even-par for 36 holes, Aditi is now tied 41st.

This week, with two successive rounds of even-par 72, she assured weekend action.   -  AFP

India’s Aditi Ashok, who had missed the cut in previous two British Open appearances and the Scottish Open last year, made the cut at the Gullane Golf Club, but finished way down at tied 59th.

This week, with two successive rounds of even-par 72, she assured weekend action. At even-par for 36 holes, Aditi is now tied 41st.

At Lytham, Aditi, a three-time winner on Ladies European Tour, has not found too many fairways, but still battled to 72-72. She had four birdies and four bogeys on the first day and two each on the second.

Phatlum takes the lead

Meanwhile, Thai Pornanong Phatlum has not dropped a bogey in 36 holes as she took a one-stroke lead in search of her first win on Tour. Rookie Georgia Hall, the JLPGA’s Mamiko Higa and four-time winner Minjee Lee sit one behind at nine-under par.

Phatlum achieved her earlier fame in India at the Hero Women’s Indian Open which she won a record three times in 2008, 2009 and 2012. The first two times - it was on Ladies Asian Tour, while the third time it had moved to be a co-sanctioned event with Ladies European Tour.

Phatlum has never finished better than tied seventh in any of her previous 20 Majors and if she wins, she could become the fourth Thai to win on the LPGA this year.

Sisters Ariya Jutanugarn (2) and Moriya Jutanugarn and Thidappa Suwannpura have won once each. Curiously, Thidappa had also clinched the Hero Women’s Indian Open in 2013.