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Neha completes start-to-finish win, despite Gaurika’s charge in 15th leg of Hero WPG Tour

Lucknow, November 24: Neha Tripathi completed a start-to-finish win by a four-shot margin despite a great finishing charge by Order of Merit leader, Gaurika Bishnoi (66) in the 15th leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour on Friday. This was Neha’s third win of the season, after her wins in the first leg at Ahmedabad and the 13th leg in Greater Noida.

Starting the final day at ​The Palms Golf Club and Resort with a massive nine-shot lead, Neha had a rough start as s​he bogeyed the first but got back that shot with a birdie on par-3 third hole. However, a triple bogey on par-4 fourth was a setback, though the fact that Gaurika, her playing partner also double bogeyed the hole did not damage Neha’s chances.

When the lead group players came to the turn, Neha was still way ahead. Neha still held an eight-shot lead. As Gursimar slipped and fell back, Gaurika made a huge charge with a birdie on par-3 12th hole and then she was five-under for the last four holes. She birdied the 15th, 16th and then landed an eagle on the 17th and birdied the 18th for a brilliant four-under 66, by far the best round of the week.

While Gaurika was moving fast, Neha did drop a shot on par-5 16th, but there were no major mistakes and she also had birdies on 14th and 18th to sew up the title. Neha totaled three-under 207, while Gaurika’s aggregate was one-over 211.

The fast rising youngster, Afshan Fatima also shot a fine one-under 69 to finish third at 215, one shot ahead of Smriti Mehra (70), who finished birdie-birdie.

On the Hero Order of Merit, Gaurika Bishnoi extended her lead with the second place, while Neha Tripathi moved up to fourth place. With the season fast coming to an end, Gaurika looks all set to round off a great year with the Hero Order of Merit honours. Gursimar Badwal is lying third, while Saaniya Sharma and Smriti Mehra are fifth and sixth with Vani Kapoor, who has four wins in six starts, is seventh.

Amandeep Drall, who had an eagle on par-5 ninth also triple bogeyed the par-5 16th and she carded 72 to tie fourth with Afshan at 219.

Mehar Atwal (71) and Gursimar Badwal (75) were Tied-6th at 220, while Saaniya Sharma who opened the week with 79 carded 74-71 in the last two rounds to finish eighth at 224. Ayesha Kapur (74) and Tvesa Malik (75) rounded off the Top-10 with totals of 226. The 16th leg of the Hero WPG Tour will be held from November 28 to December 1, 2017 at the Classic Golf & Country Club, Gurugram.