Twenty-three-year-old Aditi Ashok narrowly missed out on a medal in the women’s individual golf, when he dropped two shots on the 9th and the 11th hole. Three birdies in the first eight holes had strengthened Aditi’s medal hopes but then a bogey on the ninth meant that he couldn’t afford any more mistakes on the back nine.
With the weather worsening and possibility of a storm, Aditi made the par on the 10th but missed out the same on the eleventh to earn a bogey. Some dropped shots from the opponents, and Aditi’s even par score on the remaining holes meant that she did stay in the medal’s contention until the final two holes.
However, a birdie or an eagle eluded the Indian, and that sent her hopes of a medal crashing down. Neverthless, for the world number 200 to have played against some of the finest women golfers of the day and have finished fourth counts as an achievement of the highest order.
And although the medal eluded the youngster from Bangalore, there was no dearth of congratulatory messages for her.
Aditi, however, was understandably disappointed with the final round and said that it was difficulty to be happy with a fourth-place finish.
“In any other tournament I would be really happy, but it’s hard to be happy with fourth place. I played good and gave it my 100 per cent,” she said.
“I was just missing so many fairways. The front nine I just hit one and the back nine I think I must have hit maybe three of four more.
“That was bad today, put me out of position. I couldn’t get close to the flag,” she added.