Aditi Ashok played a solid four-under 68 to move up from tied-28th to tied-10th in the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic at Emirates Golf Club here today. Aditi, who has already won the Fatima Bint Mubarak title in Abu Dhabi, is seeking a Desert Double and is now five-under 139 and five shots behind the leader Anne Van Dam (69-65) of the Netherlands. What was particularly pleasing for Aditi was that it was a bogey free round with two birdies on either side of the turn.
She had birdies on second and third and then 17th and 18th. In between she did miss a few birdies, but also saved some pars nicely. Currently 10th in the LET Order of Merit despite only a handful of starts -- just six -- Aditi can shoot up the rankings to inside top-3 with a good finish this week. Aditi was second last year when she was a rookie and she emerged as the Rookie of the Year. A change of putter worked wonders for long-hitting Anne Van Dam, who blitzed the front nine to move atop the leaderboard. Starting the second round two shots off the pace, the 22 -year-old Dutch star fired a flawless seven-under 65 to reach 10-under for the tournament, a good two shots ahead of Scotland's Kelsey MacDonald. England's Georgia Hall, placed 14th overnight, carded a sparkling 67 to join Australia's Celina Yuan and Thidapa Suwannapura for a share of third on seven-under as overnight leader Supamas Sangchan slipped to tied sixth after returning a 71.
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