Indian golf wrap: Tvesa Malik opens with four-under 68; Bhullar, Chawrasia to tee off at Omega European Masters

Tvesa Malik got off to a flying start in the 13th leg of the Women’s Pro Golf Tour with a four-under 68, while ace Indian golfers Gaganjeet Bhullar and SSP Chawrasia will tee off at the Omega European Masters on Thursday.

t was a perfect start for Tvesa’s preparations for next month’s marquee event, the Hero Women’s Indian Open on the Ladies European Tour at the same course.   -  Shreedutta Chidananda

Tvesa Malik got off to a flying start in the 13th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour with a four-under 68 that gave her a four-shot lead over Gaurika Bishnoi and Gurjot Badwal, who carded even par 72 each.

Playing at Gary Player’s Black Knight course at the DLF Golf and Country Club, Tvesa started the day with 10 pars in a row, before coming up with three successive birdies. She dropped a shot on Par-5 15th, but quickly regrouped herself to close birdie-birdie for a 68.

It was a perfect start for Tvesa’s preparations for next month’s marquee event, the Hero Women’s Indian Open on the Ladies European Tour at the same course. Last year Tvesa finished Tied-13th alongside Gaurika Bishnoi, who is lying second, but overall is leading the Hero WPGT Order of Merit.

Gaurika started with four steady pars, before she dropped a double bogey on Par-3 fifth and another bogey on sixth. Birdies on ninth and 10th, followed by six pars and another birdie on 17th, meant she ended at 72.

Gurjot Badwal, younger sister of Gursimar Badwal, had three birdies, one on front nine and two on back nine, but dropped three bogeys on back nine.

Diksha Dagar and Vani Kapoor, alongwith last week’s winner Gauri Karhade, were among the big group of five golfers at Tied-fourth with a round of 73 each. The others in the group were Neha Tripathi and Gursimar Badwal.

Diksha had two birdies against one bogey, while Vani had three birdies against four bogeys. Three of her bogeys came in the last six holes.

Neha Tripathi started birdie-birdie and then had a roller-coaster of a round with a total of five birdies against two double bogeys and two bogeys.

Amateur Khushi Hooda, Siddhi Kapoor and the only three-time winner this season Ridhima Dilawari, are Tied-ninth at 76 each.

This is the last event before the Hero Women’s Indian Open scheduled for the first week of October.

- Sisodia moves into the second round lead at Golden Greens -

Gurugram-based Shivendra Singh Sisodia, playing at his home course, came up with a five-under-67 to move into the second round lead at six-under-138 at the TATA Steel PGTI Feeder Tour 2019 here on Wednesday.

Teenager rookie Karan Pratap Singh, who also hails from Gurugram, produced a 68 to be placed second at five-under-139. The cut came down at four-over-148 and 36 players made the cut.

The 30-year-old Sisodia (71-67), a former winner on the Feeder Tour, hit his approach shots with pinpoint precision through the day. He secured an early eagle on the 11th where he landed his approach within three feet of the pin.

Sisodia then set up a five foot birdie conversion on the par-3 12th followed by a 10-footer on the par-4 14th.

Shivendra continued the good work on the front-nine with a birdie chip-in from 22 yards on the first despite an erratic drive. He was also just one roll short of his second eagle of the day on the fifth where he settled for a birdie.

- Bhullar, Chawrasia set to tee off at Omega European Masters -

Ace Indian golfers Gaganjeet Bhullar and SSP Chawrasia will look to find their best form this week when they tee off at the Omega European Masters at the picturesque Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland on Thursday.

Bhullar ended his challenge at T-53 in Scandinavian Masters which was played last week and will look for a fresh start. Chawrasia, on the other hand, will be looking to better his performance from the last tournament. He had missed the cut at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open last month.

All eyes will also be on the defending champion, Matthew Fitzpatrick who will be looking for his third consecutive Omega Masters titles.

The Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club will see a host of other golfing stalwarts in action including Rory Mcllroy, Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood.