Tvesa Malik continued her good run, carding one-under 71 but fellow Indian golfer Diksha Dagar stumbled on a horrendous 15-over 87 on the opening day at the VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open here on Thursday.
Tvesa, who has displayed steady form in recent weeks, shot a no-frills round to be tied-19th with many players still on the course at Golfpark Holzhausern. In contrast, Diksha's struggles continued as she started with a birdie but then dropped six bogeys, three double bogeys and a quadruple bogey during a horror opening day.
With fans coming in for the first time, local star Kim Metraux, one of the two sisters in the field, carded six-under 66 to take sole lead, two ahead of Norwegian Tonje Daffinrud, who was four-under with two holes to play. Also at four-under was Sanna Nuutinen, winner last week at the LET Access Tournament in Switzerland. Sanna had three more holes to play.
A fifth straight sub-par card in Europe by Tvesa Malik in the opening round of VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open. But I am sure she'd be a little disappointed with the 71 as she could not take advantage of any of the four par-5s.
— Joy Chakravarty (@TheJoyofGolf) September 10, 2020
Tvesa continued with her liking for Par-3 as both her birdies came on them. She birdied the Par-3 fourth and Par-3 15th, while she dropped a shot on Par-4 13th. "The Par-5s are a bit tricky so I played safe today. I did have a couple of other birdie chances but couldn't get the putts to roll in," said Tvesa.
"To be honest it was not my best hitting. Today I was a little off with my irons, so I need to go and work on that before I head back to my room." Once again Tvesa avoided using a caddie. She said, "I am using a trolley this week."
Many players are doing likewise. Tvesa had finished T20 at Czech Ladies Open and T4 at the Flumserberg Ladies Open. Welsh golfer, Becky Morgan shot three-under 69 and fellow Welsh player, Amy Boulden was also three-under but after 16 holes. Leader Kim's sister, Morgane Metraux carded even par 72.