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Aditi Ashok out of medal contention after disastrous back nine in Round 3 at Rio

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India's Aditi Ashok went through a horrendous third round of eight-over 79 to drop 23 places to be tied 31st in the women's golf event at the Olympic Games in Rio on Friday. In fairness to the rookie, the wind in the afternoon made conditions absolutely horrible for play, with only the most experienced players able to find ways to dig themselves out of a hole.

The 18-year-old, who carded two successive three-under rounds of 68 to be tied eighth after 36 holes, played a poor back-nine where she was bogged down by five bogeys. Now Aditi has a three-day total of two-over 215. With Friday's performance, her hopes of getting a medal are all but over.

Aditi, the youngest woman golfer at Rio, got a bogey on the second hole before pulling things back with a birdie on the fifth. But she carded a bogey on the seventh hole to complete the front-nine with a score of one-over 36.

Gusty winds in the afternoon though made ball striking very very hard, with Golf Channel Commentator Jerry Foltz going as far as stating, "the only way to climb the leaderboard this afternoon was to sit in the clubhouse.”

On the back-nine, Aditi collapsed as she made three consecutive bogeys from the 11th onwards before getting two double bogeys on the 15th and 18th to finish with a 79 - the third worst round of the day amongst the 59 player field.

Meanwhile, overnight leader Inbee Park of South Korea carded a quiet 70 to continue her reign at the top with a 54-hole total of 11-under 202.

Two strokes behind Inbee were New Zealand star Lydia Ko (65) and Gerina Piller (68) of the United States. Chinese Shanshan Feng was fourth after carding 68 that took her total to eight-under 205. China's Lin Xiyu and Lydia made historic hole-in-one efforts on the par-three eight.