"Lahiri, Fraser suffer late halves, Thais still alive despite defeats #DellMatchPlay"

Fri 25 Mar 2016

"Lahiri, Fraser suffer late halves, Thais still alive despite defeats #DellMatchPlay"

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March 25: India’s Anirban Lahiri and Australian Marcus Fraser endured disappointing halves at the WGC-Dell Match Play on Thursday which eliminated their hopes of progressing into the round of 16.
Thai duo Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee also suffered as bad day at the Austin Country Club, suffering losses to Dustin Johnson and Jason Day respectively but they still remained with a chance to progress beyond the group stage.
Lahiri, last year’s Asian Tour number one, was leading two-up against England’s Justin Rose in a match he needed to win to stay alive in the competition but the world number eight rallied late by winning the final two holes with birdies for the halve.
It was a similar tale for Fraser, the current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader, as he led one-up with one to play but Irishman Shane Lowry halved the match with a birdie on 18.
Following opening day losses, Lahiri and Fraser will now be out of the running to progress into the round of 16, with Friday’s matches being a matter of pride for them. Lahiri will face Fabian Gomez while Fraser will take on Rose.
Kiradech, who won his opening day’s match against Jimmy Walker, was outplayed by Johnson as he lost 5&4 while Thongchai, who defeated Paul Casey on Wednesday, was defeated by world number two Jason Day 5&3.
However, Thongchai can force a play-off to progress into the round of 16 if he beats Graeme McDowell in his final match while Day, who has won twice, loses his match to Casey.
Kiradech’s group is well poised as all four players have won once and lost once. There will be a play-off if there are winners in the remaining two matches of the group while if there is one tie and the other match ends with a clear winner, then the winner of that match will progress. Kiradech will face Robert Streb on Friday.