Perseverance was the key for Austria's Christine Wolf's as she carded three-under 69 and totalled 277 for a three-shot victory in the Hero Women’s Indian Open at the DLF Golf and Country Club course in Gurugram on Sunday. It was Christine's first title after six years on the Ladies European Tour.
To become a champion one needs to bury the past blunders and improve upon the errors. Wolf did exactly that. She stuck to her game plan and focused on attaining the par scores, especially on the dreaded 18th hole which caused her a quadruple bogey on day three and a double bogey last year.
“I am very relieved. After what ever happened last year on the 18th hole, I was looking forward to come back here. I did not know what was going to happen. After the turn, I hit close but didn’t make any putts for birdies. I am happy with a par on the final hole despite hitting a bunker on it," the first time titlist told Sportstar .
Tied third overnight, Norway’s Mariaane Skarpnord returned a 70 to finish runner-up. England’s Meghan MacLaren finished third with a score of 281 while Australia’s Whitney Hillier carded par rounds to finish fourth on the leaderboard.
Among the Indians, amateur Anika Varma finished fifth at 285. Sixth was Tvesa Malik (72), the highest ranked home-grown professional at 287.
Interestingly, this edition saw 10 Indians, including four amateurs, making the cut. Fifteen-year old Anika Varma, who finished fifth with 285 said: “As soon as I hit my first tee shot I felt fine. I had a good group (with Sweden’s Emma Nilsson and Manon De Roey of Belgium) today and I enjoyed playing with them. That helped me play well too.”
Tvesa Malik, who finished joint sixth with , was pleased with the way she handled the pressure. “I've learnt a lot this year and my game has progressed. I’m happy with the way I have been playing but there’s still a long way to go.”
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