Diksha rides a roller coaster to rise to 17th in Dubai

Indian golfer Diksha Dagar endured a rollercoaster second round on way to a 3-under 69 to rise to tied-T-17 at the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic.

Diksha had contrasting fortunes as she birdied the 16th but gave away a double bogey on 17th.   -  FILE PHOTO/ GETTY IMAGES

Indian golfer Diksha Dagar endured a rollercoaster second round on way to a 3-under 69 to rise to tied-T-17 at the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic here on Thursday.

Diksha had contrasting fortunes as she birdied the 16th but gave away a double bogey on 17th and another bogey followed on second, which put her at 2-over through seven holes.

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She then had three birdies in a row from third to fifth followed by back-to-back bogeys on seventh and eighth. The winner of the 2018 Women’s South African Open got her rhythm back as she birdied four in a row ninth to 12th and ended with a par on the 13th for a day’s work of 69.

Diksha, is now placed T-17, while half the field in the ‘Moonlight Wave’ under the floodlights was still on the course.

Also improving on the second day was Aditi Ashok, who was 3-under through eight holes to get to even par for the tournament with 10 more holes to play.

Starting from the 14th in the evening, Aditi birdied 17th, 18th and the third to be placed T-17.

Among other Indians in the fray, Tvesa Malik finished her second round with another card of 75 and was now 6-over and T-41st. While Astha Madan, who was 5-over through seven holes in the second round, slipped to T-48th.

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Overnight leader Caroline Hedwall maintained her lead as she added 70 to her first 65 and was now 9-under and one shot clear of Meghan MacLaren (69-67) and LPGA star Minjee Lee (72-65) found her form after a modest 72 in the first round. She shot the best round in the morning with a 7-under 65.

The tournament features two halves getting off to a start at the same time but from different tees along with amateurs.

The world’s first day-night Tour event has an interesting format which sees the professionals pair up with a team of amateurs and play continues till late into the evening under the lights with the Dubai skyline in the background.

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Celine Boutier (67-71) lies fourth at 6-under, while former World No. 1 Lydia Ko, who was 4-under on the first day, is 1-under through eight holes in the second round.

Also at 5-under are Nuria Iturrioz, who is 2-under through seven holes in second round and Laura Fuenstueck is par through six holes in second round.

The Shubhankar show

India’s Shubhankar Sharma got off to a solid start, carding a 4-under 67 to be tied ninth after the first round of the unique Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown on Thursday.

It was Sharma’s sixth straight round in the 60s and the ninth successive round of par or under score.

SSP Chawrasia ended the day with a colourful 2-over, which started with a birdie and ended with an eagle. In between he had two other birdies, five bogeys and a double bogey.

His 73 placed him T-90 and with only top-32 and ties going into the third round this week he will need to play a very low second round to make the first cut.