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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.

RIO 2016: Aditi Ashok stays in medal contention after her sizzling performance in round 2

Aditi Ashok raised hopes an Olympic medal as she stood just 4 strokes off the pace at tied-eight after the second round of the women’s individual event.

The teenager from Bengaluru was just four shots behind the leader, Inbee park of South Korea after firing a second successive three-under 68, which included five birdies against a couple of bogeys, to move to six-under.

Inbee Park of South Korea topped the leader board with a handsome five-under 66 to have a total of 10-under 132 going into the third round.

Aditi stroked a consistent 68 in both the rounds and was at the tied-eighth position with four others.

Speaking about her round, Aditi, who plays on the Ladies European Tour said, “I shot three-under both days, so that’s pretty consistent for me. I dropped a few shots today, a couple of shots and I could have been a few shots better, but I’m happy going into the weekend?”

On the importance of her performance for the game back in India, the teenager, who has been a pro for just six months said, “I think it would be big in India, and also being a golfer, a woman golfer, it will definitely boost the popularity of the sport.

“That’s what I’m hoping to do. In India and also all over the world, because golf is in the Olympics for the first time, so I think it would make golf more public among the general people who watch golf, not just the golf fans who watch it right now.”

Speaking about the conditions, Aditi added, “It was a bit windy. It was windy for me on the back nine. But it’s different — it played different yesterday and it played different today because of the wind. I’m enjoying it.”

 

Aditi Ashok is all set as golf’s women event in Olympics begins today

The golf’s men event at the Olympics made a huge return, the Indians played tough but could not win a medal.

The golf’s women event in the Olympics begins today and we have a solo Indian women qualified named ‘Aditi Ashok’.

The young golfer made headlines at the Ricoh women’s British open when she topped the order of merit at the qualifying stage. Aditi will now represent India at the Rio Olympics.

Aditi Ashok practicing at the greens in RIO.
Aditi Ashok practising at the greens in RIO.

The International Golf Federation this morning announced the draw for the first and second rounds of the women’s golf competition at Rio 2016 when a field of 60 competitors will be seeking to follow in the footsteps of Margaret Abbott of the United States, who won the gold medal in Paris in 1900.

Aditi Ashok tees up with Ciganda Carlota of Spain and Verchenova Maria of Russia.

 

Rio 2016: Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia fall further as India’s medal tally stays dry as dust

Anirban Lahiri scored a two over 73 and SSP an even par 71 to finish day 2 in Rio at tied 51 and tied 30 respectively.

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Lahiri struggled throughout the day as he scored consecutive bogeys on the 4th and 5th hole before scoring a birdie at 6th. The Asian tour no. 1 again scored bogeys at the 7th and the 8th hole to get to three under, his poor form continued as he finished the day at tied 51.

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SSP too didn’t start his day on a good note as he bogeyed the 2nd hole and double bogeyed on the par-four third hole. However, he fought his way back after birding the next two holes. Chawrasia finished the day at tied 30.

Indian podium finish in the golf’s men event seems a rare possibility now but the duo still has a day left and we hope that day 3 will bring some glory for the Indian golfers.

 

RIO 2016: The real reason golf’s male stars are withdrawing

The head of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics says the world’s top four male golfers have withdrawn from the games because there is no money to be won – not because of the Zika virus.

“They tried to blame Zika, but the media have shown that they are not coming because there’s no prize money,” Rio organising committee President Carlos Nuzman said, speaking with the games set to open in just under three weeks.

Jordan Spieth withdrew this week from the Olympics, citing Zika.

He joined Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, and Rory McIlroy in also saying Zika was the main reason for skipping the first Olympic golf tournament in 112 years.

Their absence could be a setback for golf’s future in the Olympics.

IOC President Thomas Bach has said that golf’s future may rest on its ability to get top players to show up.

Golf is guaranteed a spot in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, but could be in peril after that.

The Canadian four for RIO

Golf Canada announced its four-player Olympic squad – David Hearn, Graham DeLaet, Alena Sharp and teen sensation Brooke Henderson.
Top golfers have withdrawn from the Olympics, citing concerns about the Zika virus ,the Canadian team holds a different view, though.

Graham DaLaet.
Graham DaLaet.

“If you look down the list, there are still some top players there – it’s not some college golf event,” DeLaet said. “It would have been better for the game if all the top players went, but that’s their decision. I’m going, I’m proud and I’m going to go try to win a medal.”

Brooke Henderson.
Brooke Henderson.

“It’s always been a dream of mine since I was a little girl to be an Olympian, but I didn’t know what sport,” said Henderson, “I’ve had a great season on the LPGA Tour, and I’m hoping to cap it off with a gold medal in Rio.”
The Canadian Olympic Committee and the International Golf Federation have kept us up to date, and I feel the risks are very minimal, and I’m not too concerned about it,” said Hearn, of Brantford, Ont., who’s ranked 130th. “I want to appreciate the other sports and I’ll soak in the culture. I plan to do the opening ceremonies and have a few days to take in some other events.”
The Olympic tournaments in Rio will include 60 women and 60 men competing over 72 holes of stroke play. The men’s event will be conducted from Aug. 11-14, while the women’s from Aug. 17-20.

SSP Chawrasia: Time to do something for the country

In a recent interview given to the PTI, SSP Chawrasia or popularly known as “Chipputtsia” expressed his wish to win a medal at the upcoming summer Olympics in Rio.
“I feel it’s an opportunity for me to give something back to the country. Not everyone gets a chance, I feel very lucky”, said Chawrasia in a recent interview given to PTI.
Having clinched the Indian Open in March, his third European Tour Title, Chawrasia was sure of an Olympic berth. His assumption turned a reality on July 11 when his name was put on the top 60 list by the International Golf Federation.
Focussed on his Olympics preparation, Chawrasia will head to Pattaya in Thailand to compete in the King’s Cup from July 28-31. “I want to be in the mix and don’t want to relax. The Asian Tour event will give me some good practice before I head to Rio on August 4”, said Chawrasia.
Chawrasia scored a five-over 149 in the European Tour event in Inverness, UK to finish 101, something he would like to forget fast. “The wind was gushing at 50km per hour. I really struggled. I want to get it over fast.”, said SSP.

The Golf tournament in Rio will compete over 72 holes of stroke play. The men’s event will run from August 11-14 and we hope that SSP achieves his dream of giving something back to the country.