Three birdies in a row help Tvesa Malik cut in Bangkok | Golf News


BANGKOK (Reuters) – Indian golfer Tvesa Malik overcame sweltering heat and chilly form as she shot three straight birdies on the back nine to make the cut at the Aramco Team Series – Bangkok on Friday.
Tvesa finished day two at 72 after 75 on day one. At 147, she was T-38th. The top 60 and ties made the cut for the third and final round.
In the team competition, which took place over two days, the Tvesa team, consisting of Swiss Nobuhle Dlamini and Anais Maggetti and local amateur Airi Misuhgashi, improved to 15th place.
The tag team competition was won by Whitney Hiller’s team which included Krista Baker, Chonlada Chayanum and amateur Pattanam Amatanon.
Tvesa, 27, tries to work through the inconsistencies that often accompany a recent swing change.
While she struck the ball beautifully in the Ladies European Tour event, she simply failed to get her putter to convert several close chances in the first two rounds.
Local hero Patty Tavatanakit (three under par 69), led the field at nine under par 133, two strokes better than England’s Felicity Johnson (68) and Belgium’s Manon de Roey (67).
The former world number 1, Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, was also there. A par 70 two-under put her in a tie for fourth with a par 138 six-under.
In Friday’s second round, Tvesa was looking at the prospect of an inactive weekend, but things changed when she finally managed to make a 24-foot birdie putt on the 11th hole.
This was followed by another long birdie putt on the 12th hole and then an even more unlikely putt from the green on the 13th.
“It was still a very difficult day. I don’t think it’s very easy to play here. I managed to hit my shots close yesterday, as well as today, but I just didn’t make as many pars as needed.
“Hopefully I get another chance to do it tomorrow and hopefully I can knock some down,” said Tvesa, who was followed through the 18 holes by her father Aloke, mother Ritu and her sister Kasvi.
“But I didn’t leave any putts short today. They all passed because I was really trying to do everything. It just wasn’t my day with the birdies. It just didn’t do what it was supposed to do. I missed too many by very narrow margins,” she added.
The Aramco Team Series are two competitions rolled into one – a $500,000 team competition, where one amateur joins the team of three professionals, and a 54-hole individual competition.

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