Diksha and Vani among five Indians in Canberra Classic field

Canberra, February 28: Diksha Dagar, who gave herself a credible start as a pro on the Australian Ladies PGA Tour, will be back in action this week at the ActewAGL Canberra Classic. Along with Diksha, there will be four other Indian girls, Vani Kapoor, Astha Madan, Amandeep Drall and Tvesa Malik.

All five Indian girls are in the afternoon wave and will start from the tenth tee.

Norwegian Marianne Skarpnord who picked up her fourth Ladies European Tour trophy in Bonville on Sunday is looking to make it back to back Australian titles in the Canberra Classic.

The 33-year-old Norwegian made an eight-and-a-half hour drive from Bonville Golf Resort to Royal Canberra via a sight-seeing trip to Sydney earlier in the week with her best friend on tour, Camilla Lennarth.

World number 25 and defending champion Jiyai Shin is in a confident mood as she prepares to defend the Canberra Classic. The Korean has twice won here in the 2013 ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open and the ActewAGL Canberra Classic in 2018.

One player who will be hoping she can match it with the Korean star is Australian Hannah Green who is coming off a top-10 finish at the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open in Adelaide two weeks ago.

Dame Laura Davies has returned to Canberra again this week and will play the opening two rounds alongside Shin and Green.

Other players who are expected to contend this week are Dutch star Anne Van Dam and the Swedish duo Madelene Sagstrom and Caroline Hedwall in the field.