Aditi sparkles in final round, finishes creditable 26th

The 19-year-old Indian was making her first start since missing the cut in Australian Open at the beginning of the year.

The 19-year-old Indian is playing her second season on the LPGA. (File Photo)   -  AFP

Indian golfer Aditi Ashok seemed to have regained her form on the final day as she carded six birdies en route to a week’s best card of four-under 68 to finish T-26 at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup on the LPGA here.

The 19-year-old Indian, playing her second season on the LPGA, was making her first start since missing the cut in Australian Open at the beginning of the year.

She had three birdies against one bogey on either side of the turn and took her total from four-under 212 and Tied-50th place to eight-under 280 and Tied-26th place, which gave her a decent start and a cheque of USD 12,697. After this week she plans to play as much as possible for next few months.

Meanwhile, 29-year-old Inbee Park built on her solid 54-hole position to complete her 19th LPGA win.

On Sunday, she had four birdies in a row beginning No. 12 on back nine to win by five strokes over 54-year-old Laura Davies, Ariya Jutanugarn and Marina Alex.

Inbee (67) finished at 19-under-par 269, Davies, Ariya and Marina were 14-under, In Gee Chun and Megan Khang tied for fifth at 275.

Inbee now has 19 LPGA wins; seven majors  — she has won four of the five majors — and an Olympic gold medal. At 27, she became the youngest to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame and was also the torchbearer at the recent Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.

Meanwhile, Dame Laura continues to astound at 54. Her last LPGA win was in 2001 and she was trying to become the oldest tour winner — by 8 years. Davies has 20 LPGA wins; four majors and 84 wins worldwide.