In-Form Lahiri Sets Early Pace

Thu 01 Mar 2012

In-Form Lahiri Sets Early Pace

Chonburi, Thailand, March 1: Anirban Lahiri of India continued his solid form by shooting an opening four-under-par 68 to take the clubhouse lead at The Open Championship International Final Qualifying (IFQ) – Asia on Thursday.

Lahiri, who won his second Asian Tour title at the SAIL-SBI Open on home soil last week, was cruising before dropping a bogey on 16 and a costly double bogey on the signature 17th hole at the Amata Spring Country Club, where players must take a boat ride to the green after their tee shot.

“I’m really happy with the way I played. I drove the ball really well. It is nice to be hitting drivers after leaving it out the whole of last week! I’m happy with the way I’m swinging it. I like putting here. All and all it was a good round. I would have loved to finish better but it is still okay,” said the Lahiri, a two-time Asian Tour winner.

The top-four players at this week’s IFQ will earn playing berths to The Open Championship in July and Lahiri is delighted to be in position to make his Major debut despite hitting his wedge shot into the water on 17.

“I love watching all the Opens. I remember watching Tiger (Woods) go out with his two-iron and smashing it around St. Andrews. He would kill the field and that was fantastic. Hopefully if I can play well tomorrow, I can be a part of that,” said the 24-year-old.

The first round of the IFQ is yet to be completed with Jonathan Moore of the United States and Scott Barr of Australia still on the course on five-under through 12 holes.

The Open Championship will be played at the Royal Lytham & St Annes from July 19 to 22, 2012.



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