Lahiri and Thongchai bow out in Match Play

Sat 02 May 2015

Lahiri and Thongchai bow out in Match Play

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May 2: India’s Anirban Lahiri and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee both missed out on a spot in the round of 16 at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play on Friday.
Lahiri, the world number 35, was defeated by Australia’s Marc Leishman who won 1-up while Thongchai lost to South Africa’s George Coetzee at the 21st hole.
Thongchai went 2-up after three holes and continued to hold that advantage until the ninth hole where Coetzee birdied to make it 1-up for the Thai.
Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand
The South African then birdied 10 to make it AS but Thongchai would regain his advantage briefly with a birdie on 13, going back to 1-up.
However, he bogeyed the 14th hole, making it AS again. The contest extended to the 21st hole which Coetzee would win with a par.
Thongchai had earlier suffered an opening 3 & 1 loss to Germany’s Martin Kaymer but bounced back to beat Jim Furyk 3 & 1.
Lahiri meanwhile could also not advance after losing to Leishman at TPC Harding Park.
The world number 35 was 1-up after he birdied his opening hole but bogeyed the third hole to make it AS with the Australian.
The advantaged swung to Leishman at the fifth hole when he birdied after the Indian could make par.
The Australian then went 2-up on nine with another birdie.
Lahiri had the opportunity reclaim his advantage over Leishman when the Australian bogeyed 14 to make it AS. But he bogeyed 15, handing victory over to the Australian, who would win his next three holes to seal the match 1-up.
Lahiri enjoyed a promising start when he defeated American Ryan Palmer in his opening match but fell to world number six Justin Rose in his second match where he battled gallantly before losing on the 19th hole.
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