First time in history, India finishes fourth in the Olympic golf course; Here is India’s lion-hearted golfer Aditi Ashok

For each sports lover, the name Aditi is now not unfamiliar. 23-year- old golfer, Aditi Ashok today put on a brilliant display and finished fourth. She finished fourth at the Olympic Games after carding 3-under 68 in the final round of golf women’s individual.

Although Aditi lost a historic medal chance in Tokyo, she is an inspiration to many beyond being a player who has gone from emptiness to the Olympic golf course with her determination.

Aditi was ranked 200th in the world. Aditi, who finished second in the first three rounds, could not win and lost in the final round. When the wind and bad weather overturned the game plan, Aditi had to give up her second place.

This is Aditi’s second Olympic appearance. She had finished tied 41st in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro edition. she is also now the Indian golfer with the best finish ever at the Olympics.

In the final round, she fired five birdies on the 5th, 6th, 8th, 13th, and 14th holes against two bogeys on the 9th and 11th.

Overnight leader and world number one Nelly Korda clinched the gold medal with a 2-under 69 that left her 17-under overall and a shot ahead of Japan’s Mone Inami (65) and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko (65).

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Golfer Aditi Ashok:

Aditi Ashok’s first tryst with 18 holes came as a six-year-old at the Bangalore Golf Club.

Within a year, she was playing in the junior tournaments and enjoyed competing against the boys. Till the age of 11-12, Aditi used to play with the boys because she used to win the girl’s tournament by seven and eight shots.

Aditi rose to prominence with the victory at the 2015 St Rule Trophy as an amateur. She turned pro in 2016 and got a full card on the lucrative Ladies European Tour (LET) through the Lalla Aicha School. Aditi became a household name in India when she became the first-ever Indian girl to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where she featured in the top-10 in the opening two rounds before finishing 41st out of 60 golfers.

The fame that came with the Olympic appearance only spurned her on, and soon, that winter, the teenager became the first Indian golfer to clinch back-to-back LET titles Hero Women’s Indian Open and Qatar Ladies Open within a span of 10 days. She earned the LET Rookie of the Year award for her stellar show.

In 2017, she won the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi to take her number of LET titles to three. Since then, there has been no looking back for Aditi.

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