Ridhima Dilawari held on to her nerves in the closing stages of the final round to stave off a strong challenge from Afshan Fatima and Neha Tripathi and win her third title of the season at the Hero Pro Golf Tour in Bengaluru, PTI reported.
Dilawari started the final round with a handy four shot lead on Friday, but Fatima wiped out that lead at one stage after the 10th hole.
Within minutes, Fatima left the door open for just a while with a bogey on 11th, which put Dilawari in the lead once again. This time, Dilawari made no mistake and held on by adding a birdie on Par-4 12th while parring the rest of the holes.
Fatima did manage one more birdie on Par-3 17th, but despite numerous attempts was unable to get another to force a play-off.
Overall, Dilawari had two bogeys and just one birdie which came in the crucial stages, while Fatima had three birdies against two bogeys as she cut the deficit from four shots to one to log her best finish of the season.
Adding to the suspense was Neha Tripathi, who opened bogey-bogey but pulled herself back with an eagle on fifth. She bogeyed twice on seventh and ninth as well.
However, she found a second wind on the back nine as she birdied 13th, 15th and 16th, but still fell two short of Ridhima and was one behind second placed Afshan.
Dilawari finished the day with 74 and was three-over 219 for the week, while Fatima, who shot the day’s best score of one-under 71, was four-over 220 and Tripathi (72) was third at five-over 221.
Khushi Khanijau (73) finished fourth, while Gaurika Bishnoi, who shot 74, was fifth. Astha Madan (79) ended sixth, Amandeep Drall (72) was seventh and Millie Saroha (81) was eighth.
Smriti Mehra and Siddhi Kapoor rounded off the Top-10. Despite a fifth place finish, Bishnoi stayed on top of the Hero Order of Merit, while Neha Tripathi stayed second and Amandeep Drall was third.
Dilawari moved up to fifth place with her third win in six starts and was one place behind Gursimar Badwal. The next event, which is the 10th leg of the current season, will be played at the Bangalore Golf Club a week later.