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Ridhima looks for second consecutive win at the Hero WPG Tour’s fifth leg

Gurugram, March 5: Ridhima DIlawari will have a chance to become the first multiple winner of the ongoing season as she heads the field in the fifth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at ITC’s Classic Golf & Country Club in the NCR on Wednesday.

The event will see an interesting battle as three of the past four winners are in the field for the Rs. Seven lakh event.

Ridhima won the fourth leg with an excellent rally in the final round, when she turned a three-shot deficit into a three-shot win over Gaurika Bishnoi, who is also participating here and has played only two of the first four legs. Interestingly, Ridhima won on her first appearance this season, indicating some strong form.

Two of the other three winners, Neha Tripathi, winner of the opening leg, and Gursimar Badwal, winner of the second leg, are also in the field.

Tvesa Malik, who won the third leg is the only absentee this week from among this season’s winners.

A few of the top players like Vani Kapoor, Diksha Dagar and Astha Madan are still in Australia, where they have been playing on the Australian LPGA Tour events.

The current season has a lot of new faces, with numerous youngsters turning professional this year. This has increased the competition, even as the newcomers are trying to find their feet on the pro tour.

In the first round, Ridhima Dilawari, Afshan Fatima and Khushi Khanijau are in the first group, followed by Gaurika Bishnoi, amateur Natalii Gupta in her maiden appearance and Ayesha Kapur. The third group has Komal Chaudhary, Anousha Tripathi and Smriti Mehra. Ananya Datar, Sifat Alag and Siddhi Kapoor make up the fourth group, while Jyotsana Singh, Gursimar Badwal and Suchitra Ramesh form the fifth. The final group comprises Mehar Atwal, Neha Tripathi and Anisha Padukone.