Anika Varma, all of only 15, gave the fans a lot to cheer for with a stunning 67, that equalled Johanna Gustavsson’s card and later leader Wolf also shot the same. Anika, who had six birdies, five of them on the front nine (2nd, 4th, 5th, 8th & 9th), against one bogey on 17th, was Tied-ninth as was Tvesa Malik, who followed her even-par 72-72 with a 71 to get to one-under 215. Vani Kapoor shot even-par 72 to be Tied-13th at one-over 217.
“I kept hitting it very good today,” Anika said later. “I didn’t need very long putts other than the eighth hole where I needed a little over 20 feet for the conversion. Most of my approach shots were within range so I could just go for most of the putts.”
“Tomorrow, I’ll just try and keep an open mind, would just try to do as well as I can and try and be happy on the course, that’s all, really.”
Christine Wolf is your new leader entering the final round after posting a birdie on the 18th, her very first on par-5 18th at DLF Golf & Country Club in, an occasion which has taken her five visits to register at the closing hole.
It was Wolf’s first birdie at the 18th in five starts on this course. Last year her scores at the 18th were a nightmare with DB-Par-Quadruple-DB (7-5-9-7). That single Par-5 hole cost her eight shots and she ended second by two as Becky Morgan won the trophy.
“I love coming to India anyway. The people are super friendly, the weather is great and the course is amazing and then I think also, because of what happened last year…”
She confessed it took a long time to get over that. “The caddie keeps talking about it, so it’s sort of there, but I have practised a lot, especially those shots and I have been hitting my wedges really well.”