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Posted at: Jun 14, 2019, 8:00 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2019, 8:00 AM (IST)

Millie in sight of maiden win, Tvesa slips on Day 2

Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 13 

Yet to win a title on the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour, Millie Saroha put herself in the pole position with a 3-under 69 that gave her a one-shot advantage, going into the final round at the Prestige Golfshire in Bengaluru on Thursday.

At the end of the second round of the eighth leg of the Tour, the 23-year-old Noida golfer, who has never played in the lead group on the final day, was 2-under 142, one shot ahead of overnight leader Tvesa Malik.

Millie carded two birdies in the last three holes to rush past Gurugram’s Tvesa.

Millie, who had a fine amateur career, before she went off to Texas for college golf, where she played in Division 1, has never won on the Hero WPG Tour despite holding the lead on several occasions after the first round. 

In fact she has never had the lead after 36 holes, so this will be her first time in the lead and she could break through for her maiden win.

After an error free front nine, Millie bogeyed the 10th for her only mistake of the day. She made up on the very next hole and then birdied the 16th and the 18th to finish the day at 3-under 69.

Tvesa was in the lead after 15 holes, but as she parred the 16th and dropped back-to-back bogeys on the last two holes, Millie seized the initiative with a birdie each on the 16th and the 18th and a par on the 17th.  

The three holes saw a four-shot swing, as Tvesa three ahead after 15 fell one behind Millie after the 18th.

Ridhima Dilawari (75) was lying third despite a rough patch between the third and the sixth as she dropped three shots in a span of four holes.

Astha Madan made up for a 3-over 39 on the front nine with a hat-trick of birdies on the back nine for a round of 72 and is lying fourth at 6-over 150. One shot behind her was Haryana’s Gaurika Bishnoi (72).

Amateur Sneha Sharan (74) and Khushi Khanijau (77) were tied for sixth, while Neha Tripathi (74) and amateur Asmitha Sathish (75) were tied-eighth. Yet another amateur, Shreya Pal (73) and Kapurthalas’ Gursimar Badwal (75) were tied 10th.

Panchkula’s Amandeep Drall (82-76) jumped three places to tied-16th with a card of 14-over 158.

Amateurs, Asmitha and Shreya, each had an eagle. Asmitha holed her third shot on the par-5 13th, while Shreya holed her second shot on the par-4 11th. 

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