Aditi Ashok to go par with Anirban Lahiri

Rancho Mirage (USA), March 31

Aditi Ashok will equal Anirban Lahiri’s record of participating in 16 Majors — the most by any Indian — when she tees off in the first round of the ANA Inspiration here tomorrow.

Aditi is just two days past her 23rd birthday, but this is already her fifth year on the Ladies PGA Tour. Besides, she has won three times on the Ladies European Tour. While it needs to be mentioned that women have five Majors as against four for men, Aditi has played at least one Major each year since she turned pro in 2016 and she became an LPGA member only in 2017.

She has also made the cut at least once in each of the five Majors. The lanky Aditi, who also loves writing besides golf, said from California, “I had to play my way in (into the ANA Inspiration) as I hadn’t played enough events last year. I’m excited to be back playing week after week and I feel like I’ve been playing well the last few weeks.”

“Hopefully I can make this Major count and capitalise on the fact that I’ve played the course four times. I am definitely trying to have a top finish at a Major and not just make it to the weekend,” she said.

This year, Aditi has played three LPGA events and made the cut in all of them but has had middling results. Her driving and hitting have been fine, as she found a good number of fairways and greens, but putting has been a concern. She finished tied 44th at Kia Classic and tied 23rd at Drive On Championships. — PTI

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