04 November, 2017: Nearly a year since storming into the global spotlight with back to back victories on the Ladies European Tour, Aditi Ashok underlined her pedigree with a sensational victory in the FBM Ladies Open. The teenaged Indian produced a fourth straight round in the red to claim her first title of the 2017 season. Aditi fired a final round 69 to edge Georgia Hall by a solitary stroke.
Aditi has showed plenty of promise on the LPGA Tour and her disciplined efforts over the year have finally borne fruit in the Abu Dhabi desert. The air was filled with tension towards the end, as Aditi conceded a double bogey at the penultimate hole to allow Hall a glimmer a hope.
But a short putt for par at the 18th shut the door on a determined Hall, who shot a fine 66 on Saturday. Aditi’s victory sets the stage for a thrilling title defense in the Hero Women’s Indian Open next week at the DLF Golf & Country Club.
At the Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Aditi was flawless for the first two rounds. The 19 year old collected thirteen birdies through 39 holes in the tournament, without conceding a single bogey.
On Friday, Aditi remained firmly in the hunt for glory with an action packed third round. It contained seven birdies, but Aditi also made three bogeys in a score of 68.
In the final round, with the title firmly in her sights – Aditi started her day with a bogey at the fourth hole. But she brought her resoluteness to the fore, scoring a flurry of birdies to take firm control of the race toward honour.
Aditi made six birdies over an eleven hole stretch from the fifth hole to keep Camilla Lennarth and Hall under check. Meanwhile, Hall was enjoying her best round of the week. Tension mounted at the SBGC when she birdied the 17th to inch within a stroke from Aditi.
The narrow margin remained protected for Aditi with both golfers making par at the final hole. Lennarth made a fine 67 to seal third place.
Cheyenne Woods ended the week in fourth place. Linda Wessberg rounded out the top five a further two strokes behind Woods.
Aditi collected a cheque for €70,787 for her efforts in Abu Dhabi. Most importantly though, the young Indian reaches her home event with her confidence at a high, against a very similar field in Delhi.
Scores: Name, To Par, Total Score
Aditi Ashok -18, 270
Georgia Hall -17, 271
Camilla Lennarth -16, 272
Cheyenne Woods -15, 273
Linda Wessberg -13, 275