Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Diksha Dagar of India maintained her lead throughout the final round to claim her second LET title at the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open at Royal Beroun Golf Club. The 22-year-old from New Delhi arded rounds of 69, 65 and 69 for a 54-hole total of 203, 13-under-par and a four-stroke victory over Thailand’s Trichat Cheenglab. Dagar earned her first win at the 2019 Investec South African Women’s Open as an 18-year-old rookie professional and it has felt like a long wait for her second title. “I’m feeling very happy. I finally won after five years. My first win just happened and for this event, I really worked hard for this. For the last three weeks, I was very close to a win and it has finally happened,” Dagar said. “I feel so happy to be part of the winner’s circle again. It has given me confidence and I finally believe in myself that, yes, I can do it.” Dagar, who began the final day with a five-stroke lead, made a steady start with six consecutive pars before recording a pair of birdies on the seventh and ninth holes.

On the long seventh, she hit her second shot left into the bunker but made a great up and down. Then on the ninth, she drove towards the green but was a little unlucky that her ball again rolled into the bunker, but she splashed out and tapped in. She had strong birdie chances on both the third and fifth holes. The only hiccup was on the tenth, where she pulled her drive into the lake resulting in her only bogey of the day. Her short game was on point and on the 13th, she had a fast downhill chip which she played beautifully resulting in a solid par there. On the long uphill par-5 15th, she hit an excellent drive followed by a 3-wood short of the green. Again, she played an excellent chip and made a beautiful putt from 15 feet. She had another good chance from six feet on the short 17th but just missed it. On 18, she hit a long drive and played her 6-iron deliberately to the right side of the green to avoid the bunker. From just short of the green, she played another delicate chip, setting up a tap-in birdie to finish. Dagar continued: “I saw the scoreboard on the 16th and I thought, thank God I made a birdie on the 15th. I faced a difficult chip on 16 and after I made a par there, I thought, with two holes to go and a three-shot lead, I can finally breathe a little more easily.”

I feel so happy to be part of the winner’s circle again. It has given me confidence and I finally believe in myself that, yes, I can do it.

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