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Dagar wins final leg, Bishnoi tops money list

Press Trust of India  |  Gurugram 

Amateur Diksha Dagar completed a wire to wire victory for her first title on Pro Tour after a third successive sub-par round in the final leg of the Hero Womens Pro Golf Tour while Gaurika Bishnoi finished on top of the Order of Merit.

Dagar, the 16-year-old left-handed golfer, carded a round of two-under 70 to take her tally to 9-under 207, winning by 11 shots over three golfers who tied for the second place. Dikshas earlier rounds were 66-71.

Bishnoi (71) aggregated two-over 218 with rounds of 73, 74 and 71 and was tied second with Neha Tripathi (73) and the other amateur in the field, Ananya Barthakur, who struggled with a round of 78 on the final day.

Bishnoi had only one win this season but was consistent. The 19-year-old Rohtak-born, who turned professional only in 2016, won the third leg at Kolkata, but finished second on five occasions and was third on three occasions.

Her earnings for the year are Rs. 12,45,400 while Amandeep Drall earned Rs. 11,28,300. Neha Tripathi was third with earnings of Rs. 9,93,300.

Dagar had a three-shot lead over Barthakur, when play started on the final day. A shaky start with bogeys on first two holes saw Dagar stumble but she not only steadied herself but made amends in a strong manner.

She birdied four times in the remaining seven holes of the front nine to turn in two-under and then added birdies on 10th and 11th to go 4-under for the day.

However, a double bogey on par-3 17th saw her fall to 2- under and she ended with a card of 70.

Bishnoi needed to finish Tied-5th or better in case Drall won to ensure the Order of Merit honours. However, with Drall off colour with a round of 78 which had no birdies against six bogeys, Bishnoi's success was confirmed.

Tripathi (73) and Barthakur were also tied second while Drall (78) and Saaniya Sharma (77) were Tied-5th.

Gursimar Badwal (75) was seventh, while Smriti Mehra (73) and Mehar Atwal (73) were Tied-8th. Siddhi Kapoor (76), who holed her second shot at the par-4 first hole, was tenth.

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First Published: Fri, December 01 2017. 17:40 IST