Aditi Ashok, India’s teenaged woman golfer, capped her brilliant season by finishing tied third in the Dubai Ladies Masters tournament on Saturday. The Bengaluru-based Aditi, 18, shot a two-under 70 in the final round in an event reduced to three rounds following the death of a caddie forced suspension of the first day’s play.
It’s been a phenomenal season for the Bengaluru golfer, the Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year, since she turned professional in 2016. The youngest to tee off at the Rio Olympics, she made an impression at the world’s biggest sporting event and soon after posted four consecutive top-10 finishes on the LET.
Last month, Aditi became the first Indian woman to win on the European ladies tour when she clinched the Women’s Indian Open title in Gurgaon. She then travelled to Florida, where she achieved partial playing rights on the LPGA after finishing tied 24th in the qualifying tournament.
China’s defending champion Shanshan Feng won the title in Dubai for a record fourth time after carding a brilliant eight-under 64 in the third and final round, roaring into contention after starting the day five shots behind overnight leader Felicity Johnson of England. Feng, the world No 4, won by two shots after finishing on 10-under 206 on a windy day at the Majlis course of Emirates Golf Club.
Aditi signed off a brilliant season tied for third with England’s Florentyna Parker at six-under par 210, behind England’s Charley Hull, who was second at eight-under par.