Battling Kiradech slips to 23rd at #TheMasters

Sun 10 Apr 2016

Battling Kiradech slips to 23rd at #TheMasters

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By. V. Krishnaswamy in Augusta
April 10: Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand slipped to tied 23rd place at the Masters Tournament following a five-over-par 77 in tricky weather conditions on Saturday.
Reigning Asian Tour number one Anirban Lahiri of India shot a 75 to move to tied 38th place while Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand struggled to an 81 for a share of 53rd position at the Augusta National Golf Club.
Just like the first day, Kiradech had four bogeys on the front nine before dropping another shot on hole 10. He recovered with birdies on 13 and 14 but closed with a disappointing double bogey on 18 five-over-par 221 total.
He will head into the final round eight shots back of the leader and defending champion Jordan Spieth of the United States.
Kiradech said, “The weather conditions and wind were very tough and also the pin position was not easy at all. Maybe I can improve my position on Sunday. I have enjoyed the Masters and hopefully I will try to be back again.”
Lahiri, who traded two birdies against five bogeys, was delighted with how he played in tough playing conditions.
“I played good and shot three-over and I had three three-putts, so it is not as if I played badly. On the contrary, I think I played quite well. I just did not score and didn’t get the putts to fall.
“It’s like writing an exam. For four and a half hours you have to just grind it out. At no point can you let up even a moment. It is really difficult conditions out there,” said Lahiri.
“Through this week, I have played well enough for 13-14 holes and then had a weak finish and given away a lot of shots each day. It can be mentally exhausting when you have to check so many things like lie, ball flight, wind, when it is changing and so many things, so it is like being in a Brain Gym all the time. There is no option but to be patient.”
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