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Rio 2016: Teen golf sensation Aditi Ashok tied-8th after two rounds

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:48 IST

While all of you were focusing on PV Sindhu and her medal winning performance, another Indian was quietly shooting up the leaderboard.

18-year-old teen golf sensation Aditi Ashok played out her second successive round of 3-under 68. Her two day 36 hole total at the Rio Olympics is 6-under 136. Competing in the Olympic women's individual golf event, Ashok was at times, tied for first during the second round, finishing the day at tied-eight four shots adrift of the leader. At the start of round 2, Ashok was just four shots adrift of overnight leader Inbee Park of South Korea.

Her two bogeys cost her in an otherwise flawless round. She would have been tied fifth if it wasn't for an 18th hole bogey. Ashok didn't shoot a single bogey in round one. In round two, her first bogey came on the par-five 10th. Her second bogey, which cost her was on the par-five 18th to sign off for the day.

The golfer from Begaluru has only played in one Major, the Women's British Open is ranked 57th in the world and did a brilliant job against some formidable opponents. Ashok had this to say after the conclusion of her second round, "I shot three-under both days, so that's pretty consistent for me. I dropped a few shots today, a couple of shots and I could have been a few shots better, but I'm happy going into the weekend?"

Ashok is the youngest competitor in the 60-women strong field.

Inbee Park of South Korea leads the field with a score of 10-under par 132. Stavey Lewis of the USA is in second with a score of 9-under par 133. Great Britain's Charley Hull and Canada's Brooke Henderson are a further shot away.

First published: 19 August 2016, 2:14 IST