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Ridhima, Tvesa battle it out in 17th leg of Hero WPG Tour

Press Trust of India  |  Noida 

Rookie Ridhima Dilawari put herself in a position to bag her first title as a professional, while made a strong comeback to set up a keen tussle for top honours in the 17th Leg of Women's Pro Tour.

Ridhima, who turned out for at in and then decided to take a plunge into the pro ranks, is playing only her third event on the Hero WPG Tour, but has shown enough signs of maturity.

She shot three-over 75 on a day when only Order of (72) carded par or better. Ridhima is five-over 149 and leads Tvesa by one shot.

Smriti Mehra, who led on the first day, had a rough second round when she dropped four bogeys in a span of five holes. She ended up with a seven-over 79 and slipped to Tied-third place alongside Siddhi Kapoor (74) and (77).

Ridhima opened the day with a birdie on the first and added two more on fifth and 17th, while she dropped bogeys on third, fourth and sixth and further on ninth, tenth and 12th.

Tvesa, who had a disappointing 78 on the first day, showed why she has been so consistent and a winner four times this year, as she played steady with two birdies and two bogeys.

She bogeyed third and sixth, made up with birdies on ninth and 13th and parred the rest.

Siddhi Kapoor had one birdie against three bogeys in her 74, while Millie had three birdies but also dropped six bogeys and a double on the Par-5 first hole.

(77) and (78) occupied the sixth and seventh places, while on a comeback from enjoyed a solid round of 74 after a first round 81. Saaniya is Tied-eighth alongside (78) and Neha Tripathi (79).

The final day's action will begin with Komal Chaudhary, Mehar Atwal and Khushi Khanijau in the first group, followed by amateur Diksha Dagar, Vaishavi Sinha and Neha Tripathi. The third group has Afshan Fatima, and Gursimar Badwal, while the penultimate group will see Amandeep Drall, and play together.

The final group promises an interesting battle with Ridhima Dilawari looking for her maiden professional title, going out with Tvesa Malik, a shot behind and searching for her fifth success this season, and Siddhi Kapoor.

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First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 18:10 IST