Rising Indian golfer Aditi Ashok shot her second consecutive round of two-under par 69 to be tied 12th at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship after 36 holes at Olympia Fields in Illnois, USA.
In comparison to her steady opening round that consisted of three birdies and just one bogey, the second round turned out to be a topsy-turvy one until she made the turn after front-nine on day two.
Teeing off from the first tee in the second round, Ashok endured a bogey start. She dropped another shot on the third. Two birdies in the space of three holes from sixth to eighth controlled the early damage but a double bogey on the par 4 ninth hole nullified the birdies. It was the only bogey hole for Ashok on day one as well.
While she started the day at tied 11th position but 38 on the front-nine dropped her to tied 36th on the leader-board at one stage. However, a resolute and blemish-free 31 on the back-nine ensured that she was in the hunt for her best finish in a Major, going into the weekend rounds.
Playing in her second Major, Ashok, at halfway stage, is trailing the joint leaders Danielle Kang (USA) and Sei Young Kim (South Korea) by three strokes.
Earlier in the season, Ashok finished T42 in her first Major of 2017 – Ana Inspiration.