Tokyo Olympics: Why did Indian golfer Aditi Ashok miss out on a medal?
- Aditi Ashok missed out on a medal by just one shot
- Ashok, ranked world number 200, went up against the best golfers of the world
- The 23-year-old was placed fourth in the competition
Indian golfer Aditi Ashok went toe-to-toe with the world’s best golfers an in the Tokyo Olympics, but the 23-year-old missed out on a medal at the 72 holes of the women’s individual event by just one shot on Saturday.
Despite missing out on a medal, Ashok put India on the golfing map of the world with her splendid performance. The world number 200 finished fourth missing a medal by a whisker.
So how did Aditi Ashok miss out on a medal?
There’s many a slip between the cup and the lip, and golf in all ways is a game of fine margins. Inches are what make a difference in the sport. Aditi dropped only five shots over the four days, but four of them came in the final two rounds.
The Indian golfer was consistent all through rounds of 67, 66, 68 and 68. What became her primary failing was her inability to make any birdies over the final four holes.
Aditi, who is an excellent putter and has shown her prowess in the tournament, is not the best at driving off the tee. On Saturday, she frequently missed fairways which made it difficult for her to get her approach shots close to the hole.
She scrambled well for the most part, but with Japan’s Inami Mone and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko shooting 65s in the final round, Aditi’s 68 fell short of what was required.
For Aditi, it would be the missed putt on the 17th hole that became her undoing. According to her own estimation, as reported in The Indian Express, Ashok hit a perfect putt and was expecting it to drop, but the gods of golf were not on her side. She had a marginal chance of a birdie from 25 feet on the last hole, and gave it a go, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Eventually, Aditi finished fourth. United States’ Nelly Korda won gold, Japan’s Inami Mone won silver and New Zealand’s Lydia Ko got bronze.