Amandeep maintains slender lead in Gurugram

Gurugram, December 17

Amandeep Drall carded an even par to take sole lead at the end of the second day in the 9th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour here on Thursday.

Amandeep is now 1-under 143 and a shot clear of Hitaashee Bakshi, who was the only player with an under par round at 71.

As many as eight players shot an even par 72 at the Classic Golf and Country Club.

Seasoned Diksha Dagar (72), Ridhima Dilawari (72) and Vani Kapoor (75) were bunched with amateurs Hunar Mittal (74-72) and Avani Prashanth (74-72) at 2-over 146 in tied-third place.

The final round of 2020 is expected to be keenly contested as leader Amandeep will be chased by six others, who are within three shots of the lead.

Neha Tripathi improved on her first round 75 with 72 and was eighth, while Shagun Narain (76-72) and Astha Madan (76-72) were tied-ninth at 149.

Tvesa Malik (73-76) and Pranavi Urs (75-75) were trailing at tied-11th with Afshan Fatima (77-72).

Amandeep, who has been in excellent form since the re-start of the Hero WPGT two weeks ago, put herself in prime position for back-to-back titles and a third straight top cheque.

Starting with a bogey-birdie on second and third, she dropped two shots in a row at sixth and seventh.

However, she picked up superbly on the back nine with three birdies in four holes from 10th to 13th. She missed out on getting a second straight score under par as she bogeyed the 17th and finished with 72.

Hitaashee had a steady 71 with one bogey on front nine and two birdies on back nine on 14th and 18th.

Diksha, who is struggling since her return from the Ladies European Tour, finally found some form with three birdies and three bogeys for a 72.

Vani had a rough day with three bogeys, two of them on last three holes in her 75 which had no birdies. However, she was only three behind Amandeep. PTI

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