Lahiri carries Tour's hopes #TheOpen

Sat 18 Jul 2015

Lahiri carries Tour's hopes #TheOpen

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St Andrews, Scotland, July 17: India’s Anirban Lahiri remained the front runner for the Asian Tour after he signed for a flawless two-under-par 70 to at The Open on Friday.
The seven-time Asian Tour winner, who also leads the Tour’s merit list, compiled a two-day total of five-under-par 139 to trail American Dustin Johnson who holds the clubhouse lead at 10-under-par through 13 holes before play was suspended due to darkness.
Second round play could not be completed after torrential rain in the early morning caused play to be delayed for more than three hours. Play will resume at 7am (local time)
Playing at St Andrews, the Home of Golf for the first time, the Indian showed no signs of nerves and remained confident of a good showing.
“I played intelligently and even when I didn’t hit my best golf shots, I still managed to put myself in position where I could make pars.
‘We never have an Indian or Asian winner at The Open and it would be nice if I can get into contention on Sunday,” said Lahiri.
Reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion David Lipsky of the United States had a much improved performance after he returned with a flawless 69.
After being left disappointed with an opening 73, the 27-year-old made amends with a bogey-free card that was highlighted with birdies on holes two, nine and 18.
“It was tough on the first day but I managed to put together a decent round today. The conditions here change so fast and they can change the golf course into two different courses.
“It’s always on your mind (course conditions) but you still got to go out there and play your best,” said Lipsky.
Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee had a crucial birdie on the closing 18 to thank as his second round 71 was just enough to seal his passage into the weekend rounds along with Australia’s Marcus Fraser who carded a 69 for a 143 total.
Compatriot Kiradech Aphibarnrat, however made his early exit from The Open for the third year in a row.
“I couldn’t get up and down around the greens and was not able to control the ball today. My game is in good shape but not good enough to see me through the weekend,” lamented the Thai.
China’s Liang Wen-chong also bid goodbye to his third Open appearance after rounds of 80 and 70 while Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg, who opened with a promising 70, signed for a 75 to miss the cut too.
Playing in the same group, Australia’s Scott Hend, a six-time Asian Tour winner, is at one-over through six holes while American Jonathan Moore is at seven-over.
Ends.
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