Top 10 stories of 2016: No.10. Aditi's incredible year

At the start of the year, Aditi Ashok was 468 in the world rankings. Twelve months later, with seven top-ten finishes - including two wins on the Ladies European Tour - under her belt, she is ranked 112, has been named Rookie of the Year and become only the second Indian after Simi Mehra to earn a card on the LPGA Tour, albeit a partial one.

The word prodigy is thrown around too easily at times, but Aditi Ashok's record - both as an amateur in 2015 and as a pro in 2016 - reflects confidence and consistency.

Aditi, who turned 18 this year, played her first 18-hole round when she was six, got her first national win before turning 10 and held two national amateur championships before turning 17. She has already represented India at the Asian Games and the 2016 Rio Games - becoming the youngest golfer to tee off at the Olympics in the process.

In November 2016, Aditi made history by becoming the first Indian woman to clinch an LET title, winning the Women's Indian Open in Gurgaon. Two weeks later, she grabbed her second LET title in Qatar, winning it with a comfortable 3-stroke lead at the top.

Aditi had earned her pro status with a remarkable win at the Ladies European Tour's Lalla Aicha Tour School in December 2015, becoming the youngest player ever to do so. On the way to winning the 2015 Q-school, she had also set women's course records in Bangalore and in Morocco, the latter even included equaling the men's record with a career-best round of 10-under par.

Laura Davies, one of Aditi's personal heroes, won the Rookie of the Year award in 1985, aged 22, and went on to win the order of merit a record seven times on course to becoming a golfing legend. If Aditi's breakthrough year is anything to go by, she seems on course to make a splash in the big league.