Woman golfer Saaniya Sharma starts as favourite
Buoyed by her first title of the season last week, <g data-gr-id="18">Saaniya</g> Sharma will start as firm favourite at the 14th leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour to be played at the Clover Greens here from Wednesday.
<g data-gr-id="22">Saaniya</g>, who rejuvenated her form with an inspiring victory at Coimbatore, will be eager to continue her good work and break into the top five in the Order of Merit list. The Chandigarh professional is currently languishing in the latter half of the leaderboard with one win from 13 appearances.
However, she will have to overcome strong challenges from Delhi’s Vani Kapoor and Amandeep Drall, who occupy the first and second position respectively in the money list.
The Rs.5,00,000 event will see 14 professionals and lone amateur Trisha Sunil vying for top honours. Vani, who has with total earnings of Rs.13,65,200 from 13 appearances, has been on a purple patch with four wins and six runner-up finishes, and will look to get back to winning ways and clinch her fifth title of the year. Rookie Amandeep, with Rs. 9,54,935 <g data-gr-id="21">earning</g>, has played consistent golf throughout the season with one win and three runners-up finishes. She will be keen to reduce the deficit with Vani at the top of the leaderboard.
Kolkata’s Neha Tripathi will also look to set the ball rolling and annex her first title of the year. Kapurthala’s Gursimar Badwal, with earnings of Rs.6,06,566, is at the fifth spot in the money list.