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Golf: Millie Saroha in sight of maiden win on Hero WPG Tour

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Millie Saroha, still searching for her maiden success on the Hero Women’s Pro Golf Tour, put herself in pole position at the end of the second round of the 8th leg of the Tour at the Prestige Golfshire golf course here on Thursday.
 
The 23-year-old Delhi golfer, who has never played in the lead group on the final day, carded two birdies in the last three holes to rush past Tvesa Malik on the second day when the conditions were somewhat less challenging than the first day.
 
Millie shot three-under 69 while Tvesa bogeyed the last two holes for a 71. Millie is now two-under 142 and one shot ahead of Tvesa who is one-under 143.
 
Ridhima Dilawari (75), who played in the last group with Millie and Tvesa, was lying third despite a rough patch between third and sixth, when she had three dropped shots in a span of four holes. 
 
Millie, who had a fine amateur career before she went off to Texas for college golf, where she played in Division 1, has never won on the Hero WPG Tour despite holding the lead on several occasions after the first round. In fact, she has never had the lead after 36 holes, so this will be her first time in front and she could break through for her maiden win.
 
After a bogey-free front nine of one-under 35, she bogeyed 10th for her only mistake of the day. She made up on the very next hole and then birdied 16th and 18th.
 
Tvesa was actually in the lead after the players had completed 15 holes and they arrived on the 16th tee. 
 
As Millie birdied, Tvesa parred and then dropped back-to-back bogeys on the last two holes. Millie, in contrast, had a par on 17th and birdied 18th. The three holes saw a four-shot swing, as Tvesa three ahead after 15 became one behind after 18.
 
Astha Madan made up for a three-over 39 on the front nine with a hat-trick of birdies on the back nine for a round of 72, and is lying fourth at six-over 150. One shot behind her is Gaurika Bishnoi (72), winner last week, after a round of 74 at seven-over 151.
 
Amateur Sneha Sharan (74) and Khushi Khanijau (77) were tied for sixth, while Neha Tripathi (74) and amateur Asmitha Sathish (75) were tied-eighth. Yet another amateur, Shreya Pal (73) and Gursimar Badwal (75) were tied 10th.
 
Amateurs Asmitha and Shreya each had an eagle. Asmitha holed her third shot on Par-5 13th, while Shreya holed her second shot on the Par-4 11th.
 
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