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Neha ends title drought

Calcutta: Neha Tripathi, on Thursday, won the first leg of Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club, managing to keep Smriti Mehra at bay despite carding five-over 77 on the third and final day of the event.

In the process, Neha ended her title drought as her last win came in the 2011-12 season. Overall, it was Neha’s third title on the WGAI Tour.

After a tight error-filled front nine, Neha totalled 226 to finish three clear of Smriti (229) and five ahead of Vani Kapoor (231).

On Thursday, Smriti, Vani and Rani Sonti carded 76. Rani came fourth at 239 while Ankita Tiwana was fifth.

Neha, who was ranked fourth in the Order of Merit last year, started the day four ahead of Smriti, hit pars on the first two holes, even as Smriti had a bogey-double bogey start, extending Neha’s lead to seven shots.