Late eagle helps Aditi make cut at Australian Open

Aditi, who has a limited status on LPGA, had a rough start in the first round with a one-over 74 at the Par-73 Royal Adelaide Golf Club. She is now two-under 144 through 36 holes and nine shots adrift of the leader, Orlando-based Queenslander Sarah Jane Smith (70—67).

Aditi Ashok shot three-under 70 to place herself in tied 39th place   -  Getty Images

India’s Aditi Ashok turned in a plucky performance to make the halfway cut in her first LPGA event of 2017, as she shot three-under 70 to place herself in tied 39th place at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open golf tournament, here.

Aditi, who has a limited status on LPGA, had a rough start in the first round with a one-over 74 at the Par-73 Royal Adelaide Golf Club. She is now two-under 144 through 36 holes and nine shots adrift of the leader, Orlando-based Queenslander Sarah Jane Smith (70—67).

Sarah Jane, who was second at the recent RACV Gold Coast challenge on Australian LPGA Tour, has her husband Duane on the bag as her full-time caddy.

Tied in second place are four players, of which two are past champions at the Hero Women’s Indian Open, Caroline Hedwall (69-69) of Sweden and Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum (68-70). The other two at second place are Americans Lizette Salas (68-70) and Marissa Steen (67-71).

World No. 1 Lydia Ko barely made the cut with rounds of 71-75 and World No. 2 Ariya Jutanugarn (72—72) is tied 39, alongside Aditi.

Meanwhile, the reigning Hero Women’s Indian Open champion, Aditi made a good start on the LPGA.

In the second round, two-time winner on Ladies European Tour, Aditi playing in the afternoon wave, teed off from the first and birdied the third to get to even par. A bogey on ninth meant she was again over par, but was back to par with a birdie on 12th and another birdie on 15th saw her get back to red numbers.

Once again there was a twist as she gave away that shot on the next hole to get back to the cut line. A superb eagle on the par-5 17th saw her jump to two-under. A par on 18th saw her finish there.