Sep 03, 2019: One of the most promising young talents on the women’s golf horizon in India, Gaurika Bishnoi could make her next big leap with a memorable performance at the DLF Golf & Country Club this weekend. Bishnoi is looking to top the order of merit this season and another good performance in the Hero Women’s Indian Open could add to her growing confidence.
You nearly made it to the top ten last year at Hero Women’s Indian Open. What does the tournament mean to you?
I am very excited and quite happy to be back. Being number one for the year always gives you a very good boost of confidence going into the Indian Open.
Have you played at the DLF Golf course after the Indian Open and how does that prepare you for the upcoming tournament?
It is tough to keep a record of how many times I have played at the DLF golf course as it is also my home course. Just every time I play, I know that I am preparing for the Indian Open because that is one thing that the golf course reminds me. Every time playing at the Gary Player course, I am learning new things which will benefit me in the Indian Open. It is a preparation which starts at the very first day of the year.
How has the season been for you?
It has been good. I had two wins and four or five runners up finishes so I am pretty happy with the way I am playing. I am happy with the way my fitness is. I am really happy and confident with all aspects of my game and the Indian Open this year.
What stops Indian girls from making a mark on the Ladies European Tour. Only Aditi Ashok and Diksha Dagar have been able to carve a niche there.
Actually, every year, the number of Indian girls playing on the LET are increasing. It is just that when someone wins an event, the limelight goes to them and not the others. There are lots of girls like Tvesa and Astha who are making cuts in the events which was once tough for Indian girls to even make. All the girls are doing extremely well whoever is on the LET, they are working very hard to keep their card. I personally don’t see any lack of effort from their end when it comes to preparing for their LET events.
How does the season look like ahead of Indian Open?
After the Indian Open, we only have two more domestic events to play. It is not a long season like it has always been. The tour is expected to have all it has events done by second week of November.
By Poorvi Gupta