Diksha triumphs in Cape Town

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Becomes only the second Indian to win a Ladies European Tour title

Diksha Dagar became only the second Indian woman golfer to win on the Ladies European Tour after pipping Lee-Anne Pace by one shot at the South African Open here on Saturday.

Diksha, 18, follows Aditi Ashok, who became the first Indian to win on the LET in 2016. Aditi added two more LET wins and now plays on the LPGA. Diksha also has ambitions of getting to the LPGA, which on current form looks a strong possibility.

Narinder Dagar was on the bag, helping his daughter who suffers hearing problems and has been wearing hearing aids since the age of six.

A left-hander, Diksha is known for her brand of aggressive and fearless golf. She had come in off a long flight from Australia, where she was tied fifth at the NSW Open last week.

On the final day, she trailed till late into the back nine. She started one behind and Pace pulled to two clear with a birdie on the 11th, but bogeyed the 13th to fall back to five under.

Diksha birdied the 15th and 16th and that helped her catch up with Pace at five under.

The South African dropped another shot on the 17th and Diksha stayed steady and one ahead. As both parred the final hole the Indian won the title.

Esther Henseleit of South Africa and Michele Thompson of Australia were tied for third at three-under 212.

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