Diksha bounces back from wilderness, and how

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Diksha Dagar (second from right) poses with her team members after winning the Aramco Team Series - London by three shots on Saturday.
Diksha Dagar (second from right) poses with her team members after winning the Aramco Team Series - London by three shots on Saturday.

It’s amazing how time and patience can be critical in top-flight sport. When Diksha Dagar resumed playing the Ladies European Tour (LET) in May, a cloud of uncertainty hung over the 20-year-old’s fitness.

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She had struggled on the Women’s Golf Association of India and pulled out of the last leg at Jaipur before the break in March due to a painful lower back that had afflicted her for quite a while.

(From left) Sarina Schmidt, Olivia Cowan and Diksha Dagar pose with the Aramco Team Series – London at the Centurion Club on Saturday.

Coming into the Ladies Italian Open in May on the back of a long fight to recover from the problem, it was one round at a time for Diksha and father Colonel Narinder Dagar, her companion on Tour. Changes were made in the practice schedule to protect the dodgy back as the endeavour was to give her Tokyo Olympic qualification chances one last shot.

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That did not happen but Diksha has got her confidence back. From a run in the wilderness not long back, Diksha notched a 4th spot at the Czech Ladies Open and recorded another strong finish at this week’s Aramco Team Series – London with scores of 75, 70, 69 in the individual event.

Part of Olivia Cowan’s group for the ATS London Team Event, Diksha’s scores proved critical as the quartet of Cowan, Diksha, Sarina Schmidt and amateur Andrew Kelsey won by three strokes at the Centurion Club on Saturday. It was Cowan and Schmidt’s first title on LET; for Diksha it was a second after the 2019 South African Women’s Open.

Buoyed by the recent successes, Diksha will be hungry for more honours for the remainder of the LET season.

Photo credit: Diksha Dagar