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RIO 2016: Immense show of girl power as Aditi Ashok wraps up Indian hopes of a golf medal

After Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu drew the bronze and silver lining on the Indian medal tally, it was time for Aditi Ashok to flex her muscles and strengthen the Indian Medal tally.
A consistent 68 in the opening two rounds at the Reserva de Marapendi Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro, made medal hopes for Aditi high, as she was comfortably placed in the top 10.
The round 3 brought disaster for Aditi as she bogeyed a no. of holes and finished the day at 31st place.                       Aditi’s poor show continued in the last round. She finished at 41st place.
Aditi scored a total of 291 (68,68,79,76).

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: Aditi Ashok of India in action during the third round of the Women's Individual Stroke Play golf on day 14 of the Rio Olympics at the Olympic Golf Course on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 19: Aditi Ashok of India in action during the third round of the Women’s Individual Stroke Play golf on day 14 of the Rio Olympics at the Olympic Golf Course on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

“My Facebook page and Twitter has been going off quite a lot. I’m happy that a lot of people who didn’t really watch golf are watching golf now (in India). It’s only going to get better from here.”, said Aditi.

Aug 20, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Silver medalist Lydia Ko (NZL), left, gold medalist Inbee Park (KOR), and bronze medalist Shanshan Feng (CHN) show off their medals after competing in the final round of women's golf during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2016; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Silver medalist Lydia Ko (NZL), left, gold medalist Inbee Park (KOR), and bronze medalist Shanshan Feng (CHN) show off their medals after competing in the final round of women’s golf during the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at Olympic Golf Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

South Korean Inbee Park clinched the gold with a total score of 16-under 268 (66-66-70-66), while New Zealand teenage sensation Lydia Ko scored 11-under 273 (69-70-65-69) for the silver. China’s Shanshan Feng, with a cumulative score of 274 (70-67-68-69), settled for the bronze.

Indian golfers mess up on Day 1 at RIO

Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia had a messy start to their campaign at the Rio Olympics as they carded a three-over 74 and even-par 71 in the opening round of the golf competition in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.

Anirban finished the day just inside the top 50. Chawrasia however, inside the top ten at one stage slipped a bit. In the final tally on day one, Lahiri and SSP were tied 49th an tied 27th respectively.

Lahiri dropped five bogeys against a couple of birdies, while Chawrasia’s four birdies were dissolved by his four bogeys as the duo found it difficult to conquer the Olympic golf course at the Barra da Tijuca region of Rio.

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Lahiri did not have a good day one as he started with a bogey and then slipped on two more bogeys at the sixth and eighth holes to make the turn at three-over. Lahiri showed resilience towards the end, making four pars and two birdies in the final six holes to end day one on a positive note.

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Chawrasia picked up two birdies at the second and fifth holes before dropping a shot at the seventh to lie one-under after the front nine but a birdie at the final 18th hole helped him end on an even-par.

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The day though belonged to the Australian Marcus Fraser, Fraser fired a sizzling eight-under 63 to lead the clubhouse, followed by Canada’s Graham Delaet (66) and Thomas Pieters (67).

Anirban and Chawrasia have high hopes of making a podium finish and add up to the dry Indian medal tally.