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Q&A with India’s Sharmila Nicollet

Sharmila Nicollet registered her best result ever on the Ladies European Tour with a tie for 17th at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open.

Nicollet, who was lying 38th at the end of the third round, vaulted up the leader board with a final round of one-under 72 despite a double bogey and a bogey in the middle of the round.

This was Nicollet’s first cut of the year and will give her a lot of confidence in the coming season, which is only in its early stages. We caught up with her for a quick-fire 18.

Sharmila said:

Who is your inspiration? Mom

What golfers do you admire the most? Tiger Woods and Adam Scott!

What’s the biggest change you’ve noticed in golf the last 10 years: Looking back to the turn of the century, the evolution in golf equipment and training aids, custom fitting, knowledge about golf specific fitness training and dietary regimes (top players are now rightly regarded as athletes), qualified coaches and academies,  courses have become longer and often tighter at tour level. As a result players are peaking much earlier making the tours much more competitive and also has enabled many of us to become better players.

If I wasn’t a pro golfer, I’d be: An athlete: a swimmer, or a fashion designer or perfumer.

The favourite hole for me to play is: Par 5s - eye candy!

My favourite course is: Berkshire and Torrey Pines.

When I’m not working, I like: TV shows, music, reading, dinners and spas.

The most common question I get is: Are you a model?

Funniest question I’ve had is: I've lost my number, can I have yours?

The favourite places my golf travels have taken me is: Bangkok, Cannes, South Africa, Prague, Tenerife, Turkey.

One piece of advice is: The harder you practice the luckier you get.

Funniest thing that’s happened to me on the golf course: Chased by a snake, tripped over a ball and fell backwards during a tournament.

Favourite websites: Ted, Stumbleupon, Piccsy, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr.

Shot I love to practice: Driving!

My workouts are: Yoga, cardio, weight training and swimming.

Words I live by: Draw a line and live above it.



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