Tvesa Malik, Diksha Dagar bow out of Swiss Open golf

The Indian golfers put up a below-par show to miss the cut at the Ladies European Tour event at the Golfpark Holzhausern.

By Naveen Peter

Indian golfers Tvesa Malik and Diksha Dagar have failed to make the cut at the 2020 Swiss Ladies Open golf tournament.

Having finished an impressive tied-fourth at the Flumserberg Ladies Open last week, Tvesa Malik was hoping to continue her good run coming into the Ladies European Tour event at the Golfpark Holzhausern.

But the Indian barely looked in rhythm as she managed just three birdies in two rounds to card an aggregate score of four-over 148 (71+77). She was 81st when the cut was made on Friday.

Meanwhile, her compatriot Diksha Dagar had a poor tournament. Her two-round score of 23-over 167 (87+80) was way off the cut mark.

Meanwhile, Finland’s Sanna Nuutinen will have to be on top of her game on Saturday if she has to land her first LET title since turning pro in 2014.

The 29-year-old leads the field with a one-shot advantage over Amy Boulden of Wales going into the third and final round.

An average outing

Playing in front of a crowd for the first time since lockdown restrictions were lifted, Tvesa Malik was keen to impress as she began the opening round cautiously before sinking a birdie at the par-three fourth.

India’s Tvesa Malik struggled to get going at the 2020 Swiss Ladies Open. Photo: LET

The 25-year-old Indian found it hard to get her swing right and paid the price with a bogey on the 13th. 

A birdie at the par-three 15th was the best Tvesa Malik could manage as she returned to the clubhouse tied 17th on the opening day on Thursday.

Tvesa's struggles continued in the second round too as the Indian golfer slipped further with bogeys in the third, fifth and the 14th, along with a double-bogey on the par-four seventh to miss the cut. 

Diksha Dagar had begun the 2020 Swiss Ladies Open on a fine note with a birdie heading out. But double bogeys ruined her day as she finished with a card of 15-over 87. 

The southpaw couldn’t turn the tide in the second round too. A couple of more double bogeys and bogeys meant Diksha Dagar would end poorly.