Olivia Cowan completed a brilliant final round in 68 strokes (-4) to win the Hero Women’s Indian Open at DLF Golf and Country Club and claim her first victory on the Ladies European Tour. The German proette finally entered the winner’s circle after scoring -13.
She won with a three-stroke advantage over India’s Amandeep Drall and Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall, winner in 2011, who finished second for the third time in five appearances at the Hero Women’s Indian Open.
Olivia Cowan, results
The 26-year-old German, who has 27 top 10s on her tally, after winning her first Tour title since 2015, said: “I’ve been close a few times and I’m very happy that I made it.
I love coming here and I will come back to try to win this Trophy”. Cowan’s previous two visits to India had already earned him a 19th place (2017) and a 9th place (2018), but this time the Indian leg is sure to stay in his heart.
This morning, the Homburg champion entered the final round one shot behind her favorite Drall, but the 68-shot round earned her first place. With four holes to go, there were three players in the lead, tied, and the playoffs seemed imminent.
That’s when Cowan birdied on hole 15 and followed it up with another on hole 17, moving to -13 and sealing his victory. It was a great week for “home” golfers, who saw four players in the top eight of the standings, with Olympic projection Aditi Ashok in fourth place at -7.
5th place for Ana Pelaez Trivino, who closed a shot further back, at -6. The French Ananis Meyssonnier and the Indian Gaurika Bishnoi follow, who share 6th place on equal merit. The best score of the day was that of the amateur Avani Prashanth, player “at home”, whose 5 under PAR (67 shots) made her fly in 12th position.
This week, from October 20-23, the Ladies European Tour returns to India for the first time in three years. 114 players are preparing to participate in the Hero Women’s Indian Open. After the last two editions, postponed due to the pandemic, the welcome return will be celebrated at the DLF Golf and Country Club in Gurugram, on the outskirts of New Delhi.
Among the players on the court, vying for a prize pool of $400,000, there will also be defending winner Christine Wolf, who will try to defend her title. The Austrian champion will not be the only former champion to enter the field this week: Camille Chevalier, winner in 2017, will be looking for another good performance on this path, just like Caroline Hedwall, winner in 2011.
They will also be with them. Aditi Ashok, the first Indian player to win the title on home soil in 2016, aged just 18. In India, there will also be some of the winners of the 2022 Ladies European Tour season: Anne-Charlotte Mora, Tiia Koivisto, Meghan MacLaren and Ana Peláez Trivino, as well as two of the top five in the Race to Costa Del Sol, including Sweden’s Johanna Gustavsson, currently in third place after a series of excellent performances.
With only three events remaining on the 2022 calendar, the race to finish in the top 10 of the Order of Merit promises to be very tight. Tiia Koivisto (11th) and Whitney Hillier (12th) will be on the field this week trying to score valuable points.
Many local talents will also be exhibiting at the DLF Golf and Country Club from October 20-23, with 35 players from the Women’s Golf Association of India hoping to win the Hero Women’s Indian Open trophy.