Tokyo Olympics Golf Live: Aditi Ashok enjoys Tied 2nd, Round 3 underway, stays in contention for gold – Follow live updates

Tokyo Olympics Golf Live: Aditi Ashok enjoys Tied 2nd during Round 3, stays in contention for gold – Follow live updates: Five years ago, Aditi Ashok was a wide-eyed teenager enjoying her time amongst the giants of sports and being the youngest competitor in the women’s golf competition at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. Fast forward to Tokyo 2020, the Indian has made her intentions clear at Kasumigaseki Country Club as she seeks to win a historic medal for the country. Follow live updates as Aditi Ashok is live in 3rd round

Golfer Aditi Ashok is currently ranked second after another stellar performance in Round 3 in the women’s individual stroke play at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.

The 23-year-old rolled in five birdies to be placed second on twelve-under 201 ahead of a New Zealander, an Australian, a Japanese, and a Danish golfer (203) — who all are tied on third place. The Indian finished round three with 68 (-3) for Day 3 here at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.

With half the field starting on the back 9 due to weather conditions, Nelly Korda (USA) retained the lead heading into Saturday’s final round. The American shot a 2-under 69 on Friday, to go with rounds of 4-under and 9-under, to sit at 15-under 198 through 54 holes. She is three strokes clear of Aditi currently who has been pretty consistent this whole week.

Of the Rio 2016 medallists, reigning champion PARK Inbee (KOR) is tied-25th (par), reigning silver medallist Lydia Ko (NZL) is tied-3rd (10-under), and Shanshan Feng (CHN) is tied-10th (7-under).

Aditi Ashok has had three birdies in the first 8 holes and improved to an overall score of 12 under par. She was second by herself until then, with a 2-stroke lead over the third place.

The bogeys in holes 9 and 11 brought her down a bit but Aditi Ashok remained in the mix. Japan’s Inami moved to -11 at that moment in the contest while the USA’s Nelly Korda was comfortably on top throughout the penultimate round.

Another birdie in the 17th hole of the third round saw Aditi clawing back to 12 under par. In the final hole, the Indian sank a par to end the day with a nice cushion to third

@11:10 AM:

@10:53AM: Indian Golfer Aditi continues the impressive performance & finishes the day at 3 under Par. Scores | R1 – 67, R2 – 66, R3 – 68
She is currently in the second position at the end of Day3.

@10:47AM: Ashok has been in the top-two after all three rounds, and a third-round 68 keeps her in 2nd position.

@10:39AM: Par on the final hole of Round 3 for Aditi Ashok, and she ends the day with a nice cushion to third!

@10:37AM:  Aditi Ashok to come up with a birdie on the 17th hole! She’s in second all on her lonesome at the moment, and perfectly poised for a run at a medal.

@10:30 AM: Aditi will now have a 2 shot cushion between her and the T3 position

@10:26 AM: Aditi Ashok is currently tied 2nd

@08:58AM: After couple of bogeys on the ninth and eleventh holes sees Aditi Ashok slip down into 3rd place.

@08:40AM: Aditi Ashok missed the birdie and dropped in points and standing

@08:26AM: Aditi Ashok is now down by 4 again but leading by 1 to no 3! 11th hole started

@08:07AM: Tokyo Olympics Golf: Aditi After 8 holes in 3rd round, she is a clear 2nd with 12 under par

@07:41AM: Tokyo Olympics Golf: Aditi Ashok is firmly in the fight for the silver medal. Another birdie on the seventh hole.

 

@07:17AM: Tokyo Olympics Golf: Aditi Ashok Gets a Birdie on the 6th Hole. Now at 2nd Position with no other golfers there. She could consolidate her grip on the #Silver

@06:29AM: Tokyo Olympics Golf: Aditi begins the third round with a par on holes 1 and 2, meaning she is currently tied third with Sweden’s Magdalene Sagstrom

@06:09AM: Tokyo Olympics Golf: Aditi Ashok starts round 3.  Aditi is at number 3

The 23-year-old Ashok fired a stellar 4-under 67 in Wednesday’s first-round played under hot and humid conditions to lie one shot behind leader Madelene Sagstrom of Sweden. She is tied for second with American star Nelly Korda, with three others a further shot back.

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“Last time I think it was more just enjoying the experience and staying at the (Olympic) Village, seeing all the other athletes, but this time I think definitely here to have a good finish, hopefully give my best, try and win a medal,” said Aditi Ashok in an official release.

“I think having played the Olympics once definitely gets you more prepared, you’re not as overawed by it. I mean it’s still the Olympics, it’s still really exciting, but, yeah, definitely more prepared for this one,” she added.

Tokyo Olympics Golf Live: Aditi Ashok enjoys Tied 2nd after Round 2, stays in contention for gold – Follow live updates

She is keen to create new Olympic memories and asked her mother to be on caddying duties this week, taking over from her father who was on the bag in Rio. If she was a greenhorn all those years ago, Aditi Ashok is now a seasoned competitor on the LPGA Tour and also has two Ladies European Tour victories under her belt.

“My mom, she’s caddying for me. Last time I had my dad on the bag, so the experience was just so incredible I was like I want to have my mom next time and I made good on that promise,” she said. “This time I think definitely a lot more experience, just playing on the LPGA the last five years has been kind of, makes you way better as a player than I was at Rio. And I think the Olympic experience was, I didn’t finish as well as I wanted to, but just seeing the affect that it had on golf in India was inspiring and that’s kind of what motivated me for this one as well,” said Aditi Ashok, the first Indian to qualify for the LPGA Tour in 2017.

Tokyo Olympics Golf Live: Aditi Ashok enjoys Tied 2nd after Round 2, stays in contention for gold – Follow live updates

She was in full control of her game until the very last hole when she dropped her lone bogey on 18 after pencilling down birdies on Hole Nos. 5, 9, 13, 14 and 17.

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