Indian sports news wrap, July 15: Pranavi wins Pro Golf Tour; Sakshi wins bronzeJuly 16, 2022
From Sakshi Malik winning a bronze in Tunisia to a good performance of Indians at the Big Green Egg Open golf, here is all that has happened in Indian sports on July 15 so far.
Pranavi keeps Seher at bay to win season’s 4th Hero WPGT title
Pranavi Urs struck form just when it was most needed as she fired four birdies in a span of five holes on the back nine in the final round to win the ninth leg of the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour at the Bangalore Golf Club here on Friday.
Her fourth win of the season extended her lead at the top of the Hero Order of Merit.
Pranavi shot two-over 71 with four birdies against six bogeys and totalled two-over 209, while Seher Atwal (71) with one birdie against two bogeys, aggregated five-over 212.
The scoring and conditions were tougher this week as none of the players finished with an under-par total and there were only two under par rounds, one each by Pranavi and Seher in the tournament.
Starting the final round with a three-shot lead at the Par-69 Bangalore Golf Club course, Pranavi overcame an early charge from Seher over the first 10 holes.
As Seher lost momentum, Pranavi came into her own and raced to victory by three shots despite a bogey-bogey finish.
Seher was two-over for the front nine, while Pranavi was three-over. That cut the lead by one. On the 10th, Pranavi bogeyed again, while Seher birdied the hole for a two-shot swing which saw the two level with eight holes to go.
Then between the 12th and 16th Pranavi birdied four times and Seher managed only pars.
As Pranavi bogeyed the last two holes, Seher dropped a shot on the 18th and Pranavi was three ahead, as she was at the start of the day, but by now the trophy and the winner’s cheque was also hers.
Pranavi, who feels she is fully fit and ready to go full throttle, won the first, fourth and seventh legs before this week. She was also second in the fifth and eighth legs. In short, she has finished first or second in six of the nine legs held so far.
As Seher finished second for the second time in succession, Hitaashee Bakshi, winner of third and sixth legs, was third. Hitaashee carded 72 for a total of 215.
Sneha Singh, winner of fourth Hero WPGT title as an amateur, finished fourth in her professional debut. She carded the final round’s best score of even par 69 and finished with a total of 216.
Oviya Reddi (70) and Gaurika Bishnoi (71) were tied for fifth and Afshan Fatima (73) and Nayanika Sanga (76) were tied seventh. Amateur Jasmine Shekar (72) was ninth while Gauri Karhade (74) and Ananya Datar (76) were tied 10th.
The 10th leg of the Hero WPG Tour will also be held in Bangalore, but at the Prestige Golfshire from July 20-22.
Sakshi Malik wins a bronze Zouhaier Sghaier Ranking Series
Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik managed a bronze medal in the women’s 62kg category at the Zouhaier Sghaier Ranking Series wrestling tournament in Tunis, Tunisia, on Friday.
After being pinned by Brazilian Lais de Oliveira, Sakshi benefited as local wrestler Marwa Amri forfeited her match. Then Sakshi, the only Commonwealth Games-bound Indian woman wrestler competing in the event, lost to Germany’s Luisa Niemesch 5-2. She still managed a bronze in a field comprising virtually three wrestlers.
Sachin Sehrawat (67kg), Gyandender Dahiya (63kg), Sunil Kumar (87kg) bagged Greco Roman gold medals in seriously depleted fields on the opening day.
Arjun Halakurki (60kg) and Deepanshu (97kg) got a silver apiece, while Naveen (130kg) bagged a bronze.
Aditi-Pajaree duo lie T-22nd at Great Lakes Bay Invitational golf
Indian golfer Aditi Ashok, playing with Thai Pajaree Anannarukarn, moved to tied-22nd after the second round of the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational tournament, a team event on the LPGA Tour.
Aditi and Pajaree, who finished tied-third a year ago at this event, put up a vastly improved performance in the second round as they tallied eight-under in better-ball after a two-over showing in alternate-shot play on the first day.