Women's British Open: Aditi Ashok slips but makes the cut; Harigae and Hall share top spot at halfway stage

Ashok had to endure a tough day at the course

By Olympic Channel Writer
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Aditi Ashok had a difficult day at the office as she slipped 36 places to be tied at 58th, after the second round of the Women’s British Open at the Carnoustie Links course on Friday.

She had a bright start to the day with five pars and a birdie on the first six holes, but her form went south after that. She dropped shots on the seventh, 13th, and 16th holes and managed a score of 2-over 74 in round 2. However, she was able to make the cut.

On day one of the tournament, she finished at 1-under 71 and was tied 23rd after the opening round. She scored four birdies and three bogeys and between the 10th and 14th hole she had a fine run which propelled her to the 13th spot temporarily.

“I played good, I think I drove the ball well and that was definitely a key to scoring well. I started off good with a birdie on the first as I hit a 7 iron to 10 feet and holed the putt,” said the Indian golfer after round 1.

“Had bogeys on 6th and 7th as both drives ended in the pot bunkers, and after that, I realised that mistakes are there on this course to be made, it’s just about staying patient and keeping composure and I think I did that well. Even though I had two bogeys, I came back from it.

“I had a nice hole-out bunker shot on the 10th but the bunker shot was totally about 7 yards so it was like a 20-footer from the bunker. But yeah that was nice to hole that out,” she added.

She mentioned that the final hole was one of the toughest which derailed her progress.

“Then I got into a good rhythm and hit a 5 iron to 12 feet on the 13th hole and holed that putt. Obviously, the finishing stretch at Carnoustie is pretty difficult but I had a 3 wood coming into the last 3 holes, managed pars on 16, 17 but bogeyed the 18. But it was still a good round, I think. The 18th was the second toughest hole on the course. Obviously a dropped shot is never good but I think it was okay,” she said.

Meanwhile, American Mina Harigae and England's Georgia Hall jointly lead the rankings with a score of seven-under. However, overnight joint leader and Olympic gold medallist Nelly Korda has slipped to tied 12th after carding two birdies and three bogeys in a 73 that left her three shots behind the leaders.