Aditi Ashok Could Soon Become The Indian Golfer With Most Major Starts
Three women golfers from India, Aditi Ashok, Diksha Dagar and Tvesa Malik, are all geared up to compete at the prestigious AIG Women’s Open. This is the first time that three Indians will be participating at the same Major (golf championship). AIG Women’s Open is scheduled to be held from August 20 to 23 at the Royal Troon, Scotland. This is also the first women’s Major to take place since the COVID-19 pandemic.
22-year-old Aditi could soon become the Indian golf player with most Major starts. The only Indian woman golfer who played at the Rio Olympics 2016, Aditi started her maiden Major at the 2016 Women’s Open, and this year she will play at her 15th Major. The young golfer is targeting to surpass Jeev Milkha Singh’s total of 14, but she will still remain one short from Anirban Lahiri’s 16. She was last seen playing at the NSW Open in February.
It is to be noted that women golfers have five Majors each year, one more than men golfers. The British Open, one of the five Majors in women’s golf, gives away prize money of USD 4.5 million.
What You Should Know
- Three Indian women will make history this week at the Women’s Open as they participate in the same Major for the first time.
- With Aditi Ashok, Diksha Dagar and Tvesa Malik, we will have three Indian players (across genders) competing at a single Major for the first time.
- Aditi will come one step closer to becoming the Indian with most Major starts.
“I have some experience of playing with the European players, especially at home at the Hero Indian Open, where I had my first Top-10 last year, but a Major in Scotland is a different thing altogether,” said Tvesa, who will be making her Major debut at the tour, Hindu BusinessLine reported.
Tvesa has improved her score by 1-over 72 in the final round at 65th spot at the Ladies Scottish Open on August 17. While Aditi and Diksha aren’t new to the grounds, this will be a first Major for Tvesa, 24.
Eyeing for a record
Aditi was only 18 when she won the Hero Women’s Indian Open in 2016. The three-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, said, “The course is pure and in great shape. It’s a bit soft because of the rain the past couple of days. I’m excited to be competing in such a storied venue with so much history,” Sportstar reported.
“The key for me this week is accuracy off the tee and staying out of the bunkers. Hopefully, the wind isn’t too much during the week. I didn’t have the best outing last week, but it was good Links practice, and I’m feeling more ready than I felt last week,” she added.
After the Open, Aditi will play at the Arkansas (USA) event later this month.
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