Tokyo Olympics Golf: Big heartbreak for Aditi Ashok, Indian slips from podium finish right at the last hole

Tokyo Olympics Golf- Aditi Ashok Golf: Golfer Aditi Ashok was on the cusp of history. However, she fell slightly short of a podium finish as she finished at the 4th spot in an impressive performance. Aditi could have won India’s first-ever Golf medal in Olympics. She was tied at the 3rd spot for a very long time, even before the play had to be halted in the 17th hole due to bad weather. USA’s Nelly Korde has won the gold medal.

Golfer Aditi Ashok narrowly missed out on an Olympic medal after finishing a brilliant 4th in the women’s individual stroke play at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.

The 23-year-old rolled in five birdies to be placed a famous fourth on fifteen-under 201 ahead of Australia’s Hannah Green and Denmark’s Pedersen who tied for fifth. The Indian finished the final day with 68 (-3) at the Kasumigaseki Country Club. World Number one, the United States of America’s Nelly Korda clinched gold with 17 under par. Meanwhile, Japan’s Mone Inami and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko were playing for bronze and silver.

In the first 8 holes of the course, Aditi had a flawless start with 3 birdies which included back-to-back ones on holes 5 and 6. Nelly Korda who was sailing very comfortably in the final round, had a horror show when she put a double bogey on 7th which gave Ashok and Lydia Ko of New Zealand a chance to be tied up at the top of the leaderboard. At that moment in the match, all three players were tied up on the top for the first position with a -14.

The Indian had a rough end to outward holes as she sank her first bogey of the day and soon on second inward she put another bogey after getting par on 10th. Meanwhile, Nelly Korda then stunningly recovered from that double bogey for three straight birdies and moved back to the top.

Mone Inami soon found herself in the medal fray on greens as the Japanese sank four straight birdies on holes 12, 13, 14, 15 to gain the sole control of the second position. Going into the last three holes of the course Mone had already putt 8 birdies in the day.

Ashok kept her nerves to putt birdie in 13th and 14th and par on 15th which helped her to stay in top-4 with the final three holes to play. Lydia Ko then proceeded to putt a bogey on 16th while Ashok par saw her tied for the third position.

With the leaders already teed off on the penultimate hole, the play was abruptly suspended due to the dangerous weather in the area. Shortly after play resumed and Aditi started with a par, and Ko with a clutch birdie to claim the third position alone going into last. Japanese Inami was the only other player to get birdie in 17th which saw her tying up for 1st with Nelly.

In the final hole of the course, Mone putted for bogey — out of the bunker. Meanwhile Aditi, Nelly, and Ko putted for par

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@10:14 AM: Aditi Ashok will sit outside the medal position unless Lydia Ko misses.

@10:10 AM: Fight for top 3 is on

@10:12 AM: 17TH hole, par-4, 284 yards: Mone Inami (-17) sinks a birdie to catch up with the Korda for the lead; Ko’s superb tee shot sets up a birdie and she moves to sole second spot at -16; Aditi saves par to be fourth (-15).

@10:07 AM: Aditi lines up to take her shot.

@10:00 AM: As things stand, with 1 hole left

@9:52 AM: Aditi Ashok has slipped to the 4th position with 1 more hole to play

@9:45 AM: The play has resumed.

@9:35 AM: The game is set to resume at 9:45 AM. Stay tuned for live updates!

@9:00 AM:

Due to dangerous weather in the area, the final round was suspended at 12:26 p.m. JST.

The last group has teed off on No. 17.

?? -17 (16) Nelly Korda ?? -16 (16) Mone Inami ?? -15 (16) Lydia Ko ?? -15 (16) Aditi Ashok#Olympics #Golf

— Olympic Golf (@OlympicGolf) August 7, 2021

@8:58 AM: The hooter was played and the golfers are heading back to the clubhouse. There is a storm warning.

@8:41 AM: It’s getting way tight at the top. Aditi slips to the 4th position after Lydia Ko putts a birdie and the Indian could only par.

@8:32 AM: Aditi registers a birdie on the 14th hole, stays locked in a three-way tie for second place. But after others in medal contention putted the 14th hole, Aditi slipped a place to Tied-3rd.

@8:20 AM: A tie between players is broken at the end of 72 holes played across four rounds, a three-hole playoff decides the medal.

@8:00 AM:

Conditions getting challenging with strong breeze and grey skies but Aditi shining bright. Incredible guts and nerves. Heading into last five holes, tied 2. #golf #tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/noFo9s8WKx

— Mihir Vasavda (@mihirsv) August 7, 2021

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@7:55 AM: India’s Aditi Ashok is currently tied third with Denmark’s Emily Kristine Pedersen and Lydia Ko of New Zealand in women’s individual stroke play event

@7:52 AM: Aditi slips to tied 3rd. 13th hole in progress

@7:45 AM: Aditi Tied-2nd after 12 holes in Round 4, six holes left before medals are decided

@7:30 AM: Women’s Stroke Play: Á bogey on the 11th hole leaves Aditi Ashok in Tied-3rd position. USA’s Nelly Korda and Denmark’s Emily Kristine in the first two spots, respectively.

@7:17 AM: Aditi’s card from the first nine holes in Round 4. Another nine holes left to play before the medals will be decided.

@7:10 AM: Leaderboard after nine holes in the fourth and final round of women’s individual Stroke Play

@7:02 AM: Aditi slips to the 3rd spot.

@6:50 AM: The top 3 positions are changing with every shot. Aditi is either tied 2nd or 3rd/

@6:42 AM: It’s a tie for the first spot now at -14 each for Aditi, Nelly Korda (USA), and Lydia Ko (NZL). Hole No. 8 is in progress in the fourth and final round.

@6:35 AM:

The ? pressure is real.

It’s a three-way tie for the lead after Nelly Korda double bogeys No. 7.

?? -14 Nelly Korda ?? -14 Lydia Ko ?? -14 Aditi Ashok#Olympics #Golf pic.twitter.com/FuP7wId3Ks

— Olympic Golf (@OlympicGolf) August 7, 2021

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@6:30 AM: That’s how the women’s golf leaderboard looks after six holes in the ongoing final round

@6:20 AM:

@6:15 AM:

?? @aditigolf is spreading the #Olympics love with her family. ❤️

At the 2016 #Olympics, Ashok had her father caddie for her in Rio.

This year, Ashok, who is currently T2, has her mother on the bag in her hunt for a #Tokyo2020 medal. pic.twitter.com/XdfPePMd4S

— Olympic Golf (@OlympicGolf) August 5, 2021

@6:12 AM:

@6:00 AM: She gets a hole in 4 on the Par-5 fifth to register her first birdie of the fourth and final round to reclaim the second spot, currently 3d.

@5:45 AM: Aditi has slipped to the 3rd spot and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko has taken over at 2nd position.

@5:35 AM: Aditi keeps her lead with a par finish in hole 2. Japan and New Zealand are catching up with the Indian golfer as they both move to -11. Aditi is still second with -12.

7th Aug @5:05 AM:

Watch and take notes ?️

The final group leads the field in three different phases ?

?? @NellyKorda – Off the Tee: 1st (+5.414 strokes gained) ?? @aditigolf – Putting: 1st (+9.008) ?? Lydia Ko – Approach: 1st (+5.638)#Olympics #Golf pic.twitter.com/sQpPfLaur5

— Olympic Golf (@OlympicGolf) August 6, 2021

Tokyo Olympics Golf LIVE – Aditi Ashok Golf LIVE: Aditi Ashok has held her fort and has raised India’s medal hopes as she is currently second after the end of Round 3 in the women’s individual golf event at the Tokyo Olympics. The 23-year-old is playing her second Olympics & is currently at No. 2 with just World No.1 Nelly Korda of the USA ahead of her.

Tokyo Olympics Golf LIVE – Aditi Ashok Golf LIVE: Meanwhile, Ashok’s counterpart, Diksha Dagar carded a second straight 72 and moved up two places to tied 51st with 220.

ADITI Ashok Round 3: Aditi Ashok did well to hold onto her second place after managing a mid-round crisis to be just three strokes behind leader Korda. The 23-year-old is two ahead of the quartet comprising New Zealand’s Lydia Ko, Australia’s Hannah Green, Denmark’s Emily Kristine Pedersen and Japan’s Mone Inami.

Aditi Ashok has emerged as a surprise medal contender for India and the Indian golfer was eyeing a podium finish. The 23-year-old said that she had the podium on her mind, and was quoted by India Today saying, “It’s kind of like everyone’s thinking about it. It’s definitely at the back of my mind. But on the course, I’m not really thinking much about it. I’m just trying to hit the best shot I can hit. And hopefully, people back home are watching it a lot more. I know a few of my friends are staying up to watch, which is cool. The Olympics are huge.”

Match Details: Aditi Ashok (Golf- Women’s individual Round 4)

Time: 3:00 AM

Date: 07-08-2021

Venue: Kasumigaseki Country Club

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Tokyo Olympics Day 16 LIVE – India at Tokyo Olympics Full Schedule & Match Timings:

  • GOLF – 4:17 AM: Women’s Individual Stroke Play Round 4 (Diksha Dagar)
  • GOLF – 4:48 AM: Women’s Individual Stroke Play Round 4 (Aditi Ashok)

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