Contrasting fortunes for Aditi in opening two rounds of Arkansas golf

Aditi, whose seven-under 64 in the first round gave her tied second place, slipped dramatically to tied 68th and made the cut on the line as she dropped to five-over 76 in the second round.

On the first day, Aditi had seven birdies against no bogeys, while on the second day she had six bogeys and just one birdie.   -  AFP

India’s Aditi Ashok produced contrasting cards in the first and second rounds of the 54-hole Walmart NW Arkansas Golf Championship, here.

Aditi, whose seven-under 64 in the first round gave her tied second place, slipped dramatically to tied 68th and made the cut on the line as she dropped to five-over 76 in the second round. On the first day, Aditi had seven birdies against no bogeys, while on the second day she had six bogeys and just one birdie.

Minjee Lee and Nasa Hataoka each posted 64s on Friday and 65s yesterday to share the 36-hole lead. They lead at 13-under and are two shots clear of Lexi Thompson, who carded a seven-under 64.

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Lee and Hataoka have each made just one bogey through 36 holes. Ariya Jutanugarn and Celine Boutier are in a tie for the fourth spot at 10-under. Lexi Thompson moved from tied 30th to third and Ariya Jutanugarn jumped from tied 15th to tied fourth.

In Pattaya

Indian golfer Vani Kapoor rounded off the week with a modest one-over 73 to finish tied 54th at the Ladies European Thailand Championship, here, today.

Vani, who has also been playing on the LET Access Tour, had four birdies against five bogeys in her card at the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club. She totalled six-over 294.

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Thailand’s Kanyalak Preedasuttijit won the Ladies European Thailand Championship on her home course. With rounds of 70, 68, 66 and 69, the 20-year-old from Chonburi posted a winning total of 15-under-par, earning €45,000 and a place in this year’s two European Majors — the Ricoh Women’s British Open and The Evian Championship.

She ended a stroke clear of 17-year-old Korean amateur Selin Hyun, who shot a sizzling 65 in the final round, improving by 10 strokes on her opening round of 75.

Fellow Thai player Chonlada Chayanun shot 69 and ended four strokes back in third place, but took home the second prize money worth €27,000 due to Hyun’s amateur status. Anne Van Dam from the Netherlands closed with a 71 to end alone in fourth on nine-under-par.