Gurugram: 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 (LET) 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, along with 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.
Bogey-free 67 lifts Shubhankar to tied 9th at BMW PGA Championship
Wentworth (United Kingdom): Indian golfer Shubhankar Sharma fired a bogey-free five-under 67 in the second round to be placed tied ninth with a total of six-under at the BMW PGA Championship.
Shubhankar wore a big smile as he walked off the Wentworth Golf Club.
Still smarting under the triple bogey he suffered on the first day and ended with 71, Shubhankar is now six-under and was happy with his play as he was bogey free.
Shubhankar was in the top-10 at tied ninth though there were many players yet to finish.
The other Indian in action, SSP Chawrasia (72-78) however missed the cut.
Jon Rahm (66-67) and Danny Willett (68-65) were the co-leaders at 11-under, while Christiaan Bezuidenhout (68-67) and Justin Rose (67-68) were nine-under and were tied third.
Speaking of his game, Shubhankar said: “Pretty happy with no bogey and I started well with a good 7-Iron to five feet. Then followed a few good pars and four more birdies.
“The key was good putting, actually pretty much everything fell in the slot today. I was finding more fairways, iron play was better and overall I hit much better today than the first day.”
He picked the first and 14th as the two best birdies.
He also admitted conditions were easier in the morning as towards the end of his round, wind started to pick up.
“Six-under for two rounds after a triple on first day felt good and lunch will taste better,” said Shubhankar, who at the Pro-Am was presented with his ‘Rookie of the Year’ for 2018 Trophy by Keith Pelley, the Chief Executive of European Tour.
Following his opening 66 on Thursday, Henrik Stenson praised the greenkeepers, complimenting them on “a great job with the course”.
This year’s date change, with the event switching from May to September, has led to compliments from many, but the West Course has been receiving praise since it underwent a significant renovation in 2016.
Shubhankar Sharma tied 42nd, Chawrasia tied 69th at BMW PGA Championship
Wentworth (United Kingdom): Shubhankar Sharma was tied 42nd on account of a triple bogey with a score of one-under 71 while SSP Chawrasia shot an even par to be tied 69th after opening round of the BMW PGA Championship.
The talented Sharma survived a big blip on the back nine, when he triple bogeyed on the fourth hole which was Par-5.
Sharma was cruising with birdies on 12th, 13th and 18th holes respectively. He added a fourth birdie on second when disaster struck on Par-5 fourth. He also bogeyed the next hole to be suddenly even par. However he fought back with a birdie on Par-4 sixth and ended the day at 71.
“I am proud of the way I hung despite dropping the triple,” said Sharma, who did well for three days last week at the KLM Open before dropping to 40th on the final day.
Chawrasia had three each of birdies and bogeys.
Matt Wallace delighted the home crowds in the opening round as the 29-year-old carded a flawless seven under 65 to move into a one-shot lead.
On a sunny and hot day, Wallace, who won three of his four European Tour titles in 2018 was the star of the show.
He opened with a birdie three at the first before a stunning eagle-birdie-birdie run from the fourth hole saw him reach the turn in five under par.
The Londoner cruised home with a couple more birdies to move to the top, ahead of Spain’s Jon Rahm and Swede Henrik Stenson on six under par. Their 2018 Ryder Cup-winning team-mate Justin Rose was a shot behind after a five-under 67.
Justin Rose, Ernie Els, Paul Casey and Danny Willett were among the seven players at four-under 68.
Indian golfers Shubhankar, Chawrasia gear up for PGA Championship
Surrey: Top Indian golfers Shubhankar Sharma and SSP Chawrasia will face off against the best in business as they begin their campaign at the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Golf Club here on Thursday.
One of the best fields of the year will be on display at the BMW PGA Championship, which will be the first counting tournament in the race to qualify for the 2020 European Ryder Cup Team.
Shubhankar, who featured amongst the top 20 for the most part before faltering on the last day for a T-40 finish at the KLM Open, will be India’s best bet.
Bhullar, who also featured along with Sharma in the tournament, will look to end in a better position after finishing at T-60 at the KLM Open.today’s sports news
Chawrasia, on the other hand, has been struggling with his form and he will need to bring his ‘A’ game to the floor after a T-75 and T-87 finish at the KLM Open and Porsche European Open respectively in the past two weeks.
The tournament will be headlined by FedEx Cup Champion Rory McILroy.
The other major names will include Justin Rose, Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Shane Lowry, defending champion Francesco Molinari, Tony Finau, Billy Horschel, Andrew Putman and Patrick Reed.
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