Lahiri Ready for Endurance Test

Sun 11 Nov 2012

Lahiri Ready for Endurance Test

Singapore, November 11: India’s Anirban Lahiri believes he can pass the test of endurance after he returned in the morning to sign for a three-under-par 68 to emerge as the highest-placed Asian after three rounds at the weather-interrupted Barclays Singapore Open on Sunday.
Lahiri is five shots back of Italy’s Matteo Manassero who signed for a flawless 64 to take the third round lead on 11-under-par 202 at the Sentosa Golf Club.
2010 British Open winner, Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa, showed his Major credentials when he charged back with a 65 to stay two back of Manassero while England’s Chris Wood is in third place on 205.
Lahiri returned in the morning to complete his remaining 14 holes after fading light on Saturday brought a halt to his charge where he was at five-under through four holes.
The 25-year-old Indian, who is searching for his third Asian Tour victory this week, is not getting ahead of himself and knows that he has to stay focus to win his first title outside of India.
“I think you have to really stay calm because if you get excited, you will be losing more energy than you need to. You just got to save energy when playing in such tournaments,” said Lahiri.
“I’m really happy with the way that I’m playing right now. I’ve been hitting really solid and I think I shot three-under with 33 putts today. That shows how well I’m hitting it. I think I just have to keep doing that and hopefully the putts go in,” added Lahiri.
Chinese Taipei’s Chan Yih-shin produced one of his best performances this year when he signed for a 68.
Since winning his second Asian Tour title in Macau last year, the 35-year-old has only made three cuts in 14 starts before arriving in the Lion City for the Asia’s richest National Open.
After rounds of 71, 69 and 68, Chan showed that he still has what it takes to contend at the highest level.
Ending his day at one-under through six holes on Saturday, Chan returned with a birdie flourish on holes seven, 10, 15 and 16.
“Playing in the Barclays Singapore Open always gives you the added motivation to do well and I’m happy that I’ve been able to do that this week,” said Chan.
“I just need a short break before going out again to complete my round. Hopefully, it will be a good finish that will be rewarding,” added the two-time Asian Tour winner.
This year marks the 49th staging of the Singapore Open which is co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.

Leading scores after round 3 of the Barclays Singapore Open being played at the par 71, 7372 Yards The Serapong Sentosa GC course (a- denotes amateur):
202 - Matteo MANASSERO (ITA) 70-68-64.
204 - Louis OOSTHUIZEN (RSA) 70-69-65.
205 - Chris WOOD (ENG) 70-65-70.
206 - Adam SCOTT (AUS) 71-66-69.
207 - Joost LUITEN (NED) 71-68-68, Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 71-68-68, Thomas BJORN (DEN) 66-67-74.
208 - Paul CASEY (ENG) 68-73-67, Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 72-70-66, CHAN Yih-shin (TPE) 71-69-68, Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 65-73-70, Francesco MOLINARI (ITA) 69-67-72.

Selected scores
209 - Y.E. YANG (KOR) 68-73-68, Gaganjeet BHULLAR (IND) 71-69-69, Prom MEESAWAT (THA) 70-70-69, Rory MCILROY (NIR) 70-70-69, LIANG Wenchong (CHN) 74-66-69

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