Aditi Ashok reloaded ready for LPGA departure | Golf News

BENGALURU: Golfer Ace Aditi Ashok thinks she’s closer to breaking the LPGA spell than she’s ever been in five seasons on the biggest tour. The 23-year-old Bengalurian kicks off her season at the $2 million Gainbridge LPGA in Boca Rio, Florida on Thursday.
Aditi, who missed an Olympic medal by a hair in Tokyo, and had three top 10 finishes last season despite suffering from Covid-19 mid-year, is confident to build on those results this season.
“When you play with the top 100 every week, I think if you’ve reached (the top 10) you definitely have the game to win, otherwise it’s hard to reach that level or even stay at that level. Yes , every player has the potential to win,” Aditi told TOI before leaving for the United States.
“It’s about finding what works for you that week and making sure you maximize every part of your game to get the most out of it and finish as the best player on the court. Obviously the top three 10 and the Olympics was I think just playing well in the Olympics and being able to play against such good players gave me a lot of confidence that’s why I got two top 10s after that If with this physical condition I had two top-10s, I feel like I’m definitely in a better position now,” she added.
The three-time Ladies European Tour winner should be ready for the challenges ahead as she has had around eight weeks of rest, with good food at home, and has taken steps to regain the muscle she lost as she she was down with Covid-19, and more importantly, was able to sharpen her game with a new set of irons.
“Physically better prepared than when I finished the season. I was happy to have two months of rest, to eat healthy, to train, and all that helped me recover my body,” said the Bengalurian.
“The key is just to get into that position of playing with the leaders, being in the leader groups, being in the top 5 throughout the tournament and ultimately having the chance to win. That will come eventually, but it’s important for me to put myself in that position,” she said.
Along with facing her own expectations, Aditi will have added pressure, especially after winning over a billion hearts with her heroic show at the Olympics. “I had my own expectations for the last 5-6 years since I turned professional. But now I feel the expectations would come from other people as well. I’ll try not to think about all that too much, and coping with my expectations, my goals and trying to play my best every week,” the world number 124 said.
Armed with a new set of irons, Aditi is keen to make it count. “With the equipment, I got a bit more knowledge about what suits my swing speed and my game. So that helped me make a decision. Even though I finished tied for sixth – her last LPGA event – with the very first week I played, I really liked them and had enough time to get used to them in the offseason,” she signed.

Michael C. Ford