Lahiri battles to a 74 at #TheMasters

Sun 12 Apr 2015

Lahiri battles to a 74 at #TheMasters

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From V. Krishnaswamy in Augusta National 
Augusta, Georgia, April 11: Anirban Lahiri recovered from a disappointing double bogey by battling to a hard earned two-over-par 74 in the third round of The Masters on Saturday.
The 27-year-old Lahiri moved to a four-over-par 220 total to remain in tied 50th position at the Augusta National Golf Club.
Thongchai Jaidee was completely off-colour as he shot an eight-over-par 80 with eight bogeys and no birdies. Thongchai slipped to 55th position while Seungyul Noh of Korea carded a 72 and was in tied 30th position.
Lahiri, a seven-time Asian Tour winner and current Order of Merit leader, lamented a poor putting spell on the tricky Augusta greens.
“I played pretty good for the first six and a half holes and then I hit one bad shot – my approach shot on the seventh hole. I left myself in a bad position in the bunker. Yet from there where I should have made a bogey, I made a double bogey. I went four feet past and missed my bogey putt, too.”
“I did that three times today and those were my dropped shots. After the double on seventh; on the 11th hole I was sitting on a 20-foot birdie, but not only missed that but also the return and made a bogey. Then on 15th, again I three-putted and missed a chance for a birdie. Those were the big disappointments for me in the third round.”
Lahiri played steady and parred the first six holes, before he hit the double bogey on seventh. It was his second double bogey of the week after the one on 14th in the second round. He bogeyed again on 11th and his sole birdie of the day came on the par-three 12th hole on the Amen Corner.
Talking of his putting, Lahiri said, “I was energized after making the cut after battling it out in the second round. But this frustration of nothing happening on the green was getting to me. The ball just would not go into hole.”
World number four Jordan Spieth, who has won three times since the last week of November – Australian Open, Hero World Challenge and the Valspar Championships – stayed in front with a gutsy showing carding two-under 70 despite a late double bogey on 17th.
Chasing him was Justin Rose (67) who had a brilliant 31 on the back nine, while Phil Mickelson (67) at 11-under and Charlie Hoffman (72) are third and fourth on 205 and 206 respectively.
Tiger Woods (68) continued his improvement to rise tied fifth alongside Rory McIlory (68), winner of the last two Majors – Open and PGA – and both are on 210. They are also paired together for the final day.
Ends.