Golf was never a popular sport in India. Thanks to Aditi Ashok, today we were all glued to our seats and rooting for her to get us our first ever medal in Golf. Words like bridie, par, putt were being googled and everybody was trying to understand the rules of the game. What were the odds as World No. 200 were contending for the medal with World No. 1 and 11. We had never thought Gold can be so nailbiting, intense game. Our hearts stopped as Aditi missed the last birdie and had to settle in 4th position. In the final round that lasted for more than 4 hours, we experienced excitement, enthrallment, nervousness as Aditi missed out on medal by a narrow margin.
Her achievement stands much higher than the medal though. She was going toe to toe with Nelly Korda and Lydia Ko, World rankers 1 and 11 respectively on Saturday. She was at a Silver medal position after 3 days and had raised hopes of an unforeseen medal in Tokyo Olympics. She put up brilliant display with her game par excellence with others, her calm composure impressing everyone.
For India, this achievement is no less than any medal and we are thankful to this 23-year-old for having made us fall in love with Golf. Her brilliance will take her to new heights and we will watch her win many championships.