Arnhem, The Netherlands, July 18:Vani Kapoor achieved a career-best result on the Ladies European Tour as she finished in a tie for third after briefly holding the lead at one point in 2022 Big Green Egg Open.
Kapoor, whose lone Top-10, which was the tied-sixth place at the Hero Women’s Indian Open, came as far back as 2017, lost her form and status on the LET, but has worked hard to get back into the tour.
Kapoor, who shot 69-70-71 in the first three rounds added 73 in the final round to total 5-under, just two shots shy of Anna Nordqvist, a three-time Major winner.
Nordqvist carded an even par 72 and finished one shot clear of Sarah Schober (72) as three players, Kapoor, Sophia Witt (67) and Nuria Iturrioz (72) were tied for third.
Diksha Dagar, who was also in the running after the first two rounds, dropped to T-17 with a final round of 77, that included four bogeys between sixth and 12th and then a double on Par-5 17th. Amandeep Drall (76) finished T-48 and Ridhima Dilawari (74) was T-57.
Kapoor could have been having nerves as she stood on the first tee ahead of Sunday’s play, as she featured in the final group of an LET event for the first time, with none other than three-time Major champion Nordqvist for company throughout the day.
She had a bogey on the second, before she earned a shot back with a birdie on the eighth. Another dropped shot on the 14th saw her fall a shot back behind the leading pair once again, with a finish of T3 the best of her career, just as it was for Sophie Witt who also finished on 5-under for the week.
Witt and Kapoor shared third spot with Nuria Iturrioz.
Momoka Kobori’s strong performances in Europe continued with a sixth-place finish on -4, with a final round score of 72 enough to keep the New Zealander in the top ten, while Whitney Hillier finished in standalone seventh on -3 after a final round 73 (+1).
Having gone into the final round with a slender one shot advantage, Nordqvist had to hold off the challenge from a number of players throughout the day to get her hands on the trophy.
A level-par round of 72 was enough for Schober to secure a career-best finish on the LET in second, as she finished the week on six-under par.
Vani Kapoor receiving winners trophy and cheque from Mrs. Kavita Singh, President-WGAI.