Golfer Tvesa clinches Lucknow leg of Hero WPT

Tvesa Malik
IANS|23-Nov-2018 21:32

Lucknow, Nov 23 : Golfer Tvesa Malik wrapped up her fourth title of the season with a birdie-birdie finish that saw her win the 16th leg of the Hero womens Pro Golf Tour at The Palms Golf Club and Resort here on Friday.

Tvesa carded one-over 71 for a total of even par 210 over three days and 54 holes.

Tvesa also extended her lead at the top of the order of merit with two more legs to go this season. 

Tvesa did well to win as Ridhima Dilawari put up a great challenge with the week's best score of three-under 67 that brought her to four-over 214 but four shots short of Tvesa, who rode her earlier lead.

Smriti Mehra (72) totalled 216 to finish third, while Khushi Khanijau carded in red figures at one-under 69 and was fourth at 220. 

Neha Tripathi (71) and Siddhi Kapoor (73) were tied-fifth at 223, while Gursimar Badwal (72 and 225) was seventh and Amandeep Drall (78) was eighth.

Tvesa, who started the day with a handy lead of five shots over Smriti, birdied the second but dropped shots on fifth, seventh and ninth. 

Smriti made up ground with an even par 34 in the front nine. On the back nine, Tvesa was two-under, while Smriti went two over and the gap became six.

Ridhima, who represented India at the Asian Games in 2018, fired six birdies, three on either side of the turn but also dropped three bogeys in her 67.

With the win, Tvesa now stays atop the merit list with Rs 15,48,400, while Amandeep, who had a disappointing week is a distant second at Rs 11,05,000. Neha Tripathi has collected Rs 9,97,200.

The next leg, the penultimate in the current season, will be played at the Noida Golf Course from the November 27 to 30.