BENGALURU: Six months after her last competitive event, Aditi Ashok, the country’s lone golfer on the LPGA Tour, will get into tournament mode when the co-sanctioned Ladies Scottish Open tees off at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick on Thursday. The 22-year-old, who last played at the NSW Open in February, left for Scotland in the wee hours of Monday. The three-time winner on the Ladies European Tour, will also play the AIG Women’s Open (British Open) the following week and one event in Arkansas (USA) later this month. Normally before a tournament, Aditi would memorize the yardage book and think more about the course and statistics. But in these testing times, golf has taken a back seat as she
Danielle Kang (AFP photo)WASHINGTON: Danielle Kang held off France's Celine Boutier over the final holes Sunday to win the LPGA Drive On Championship, the tour's first tournament since February after a COVID-19 shutdown. It was the fourth career title for the 27-year-old American, whose first win was a major, the 2017 Women's PGA Championship, and whose other two came at Shanghai in 2018 and 2019. "I worked really hard for the last seven months," Kang said. "I'm really excited right now." Kang fired a two-under par 70 to finish 54 holes at Iverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, on 7-under 209, one shot better than Boutier, who missed a four-foot birdie putt on the last hole that would have forced a
A flawless, six-under-par round propelled Danielle Kang into a first-round lead at the LPGA's inaugural Drive On Championship in Toledo, Ohio, heading into Saturday one stroke ahead of Jodi Ewart Shadoff. The 54-hole tournament at Inverness Club started on Friday in a fanless setting as the LPGA got back into action after the coronavirus outbreak forced the suspension of play following the Women's Australia Open on Feb. 16. World number four Kang (66), who won the Women's PGA Championship in 2017, put up six birdies and told reporters she was happy to be back in competition after not working with her caddie for six months. "I would say I just didn't have any hiccups on any part of the game,"
BENGALURU: The LPGA Tour’s decision on Thursday that golfers will keep their status for 2021 has come as a huge relief for Bengaluru’s Aditi Ashok, the lone Indian on the biggest tour. With the 2020 season hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, only four events were held, the last of it over three months ago. “It’s a great move by the tour. It was obviously inevitable with the international nature of the LPGA. Every player is almost from a different country, so it would have been hard to coordinate with players and their country’s regulations,” said Aditi, whose last event was the Women’s NSW Open on the Ladies European Tour. “It’s a huge relief for sure. It’s one thing less that we have
MIAMI: LPGA players will be free to decide whether or not they want to use a caddie when the tour gets up and running amid the coronavirus pandemic. Players are being given the option of carrying their own golf bags for the remainder of the 2020 season as part of the LPGA Tour's new safety guidelines, the Golf Channel reported on Thursday. The tour is scheduled to restart on July 23 at the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. Many of the players don't want to commit to the same caddie for the entire season so individual tournaments often provide local ones. "This temporary option is meant primarily to avoid the local caddie situation where a player may have health concerns working with someone who
LOS ANGELES: The LPGA cancelled the Meijer LPGA Classic on Wednesday, axing a tournament that had already been postponed from June to October amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The cancellation of the tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan, will allow for the ShopRite LPGA Classic, originally scheduled for May in Galloway, New Jersey, to take place October 2-4. "Not playing the Meijer LPGA Classic is disappointing, but I am very excited that our partners at Meijer have extended their contract with the LPGA and that we'll be coming back to Grand Rapids even further into the future," LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said in a statement, adding his appreciation to the sponsors of both events affected. The LPGA season shut down in February after just four