Lahiri tied 22nd despite cold putter at British Open

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 02:09 PM IST
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Troon (Scotland): India’s Anirban Lahiri made a fine start, but still left with a feeling that it could have been way better but for the putter on the opening day of the Open late on Thursday.

The 29-year-old Indian star, shot two-under 69, but the round at Royal Troon needed no less than 33 putts. His 69 left him in tied 22nd position, six shots behind the superb card of eight-under 63 by veteran Phil Mickelson.

Martin Kaymer and Patrick Reed shot 66 each to be three behind Mickelson, while a huge bunch of eight players, including defending champion Zach Johnson also got off to great starts with four-under 67 each. As many as 74 players shot par or under.

However, Masters champion Danny Willett and Jordan Spieth managed only even par 71 each. Lahiri, played with Sergio Garcia (68) and Keegan Bradley (67), who had better cards.

Lahiri had a fine start with three birdies against one bogey in first six holes. But with his putter not doing his bidding, Lahiri was unable to make the benign and good scoring conditions count, as he missed a lot of makeable putts.

“I think I played pretty good but left a few opportunities out there on the back nine. It was a good day to score, the wind died down. I had a few good looks but didn’t convert. I’m a bit disappointed with not shooting a couple under on the back nine but I’m quite happy with the way I played as I found a lot of fairways especially on a lot of the tighter holes and found a lot of greens.

“That’s a good sign hopefully,” said Lahiri, who is making his fourth appearance at The Open.

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