Sharmila Nicollet finishes T16, Saranporn wins title

Sharmila Nicollet shot two under 70 in the final round of the Hong Kong Ladies Open. Vani Kapoor also played well for her 71

Sharmila Nicollet finished T16 in Hong Kong Ladies Open

14 May, 2018: Thai teenager Saranporn Langkulgasettrin continued her impressive run with a playoff victory over Taiwan’s Chen Szu-han. The duo were tied at 11-under through 36 holes, needing a playoff to break the tie. Saranporn birdied the first playoff hole where Chen made a bogey to end the debate. Sharmila Nicollet and Vani Kapoor ended the week on a positive note.

“It’s crazy. I got eight-under in the final round and won the playoff,” said an elated Saranporn. “Last year I lost by two shots (following a final round 65). This year I am better and even win the game. That feels very amazing.

“In the playoff I shot the ball on the green and the position was the same as the first time (in regulation). I made two putts the first time. After Chen’s bogey I told myself two putts and make par is okay. Then I putted in and got a birdie. That’s really, really good.”

Indian women finished strong – Sharmila Nicollet shot two under 70 to inch inside the top twenty while Vani Kapoor shot her second straight 71 to finish in T29.

Sharmila made steady progress this week – firing scores of 73-72-70 to finish the week at one under 215 for a tie in 16th place.

The lady from Bengaluru shot four birdies and two bogeys in her final round, including a fine birdie on the final hole.

Vani got off to a rocky start in the first round, but has recovered well since then. The Delhi girl had shot 76 to start the week, but rose up the order with a 71 in both the second and third rounds.

The enterprising Indian made four straight birdies on Sunday. Vani posted six birdies in the final round, but also conceded three bogeys and a double bogey at the ninth hole.

Amandeep Drall, Smriti Mehra and Neha Tripathi were among those that missed the cut at the end of the second round.


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