Lahiri ready for final push at PGA Championship

Sun 16 Aug 2015

Lahiri ready for final push at PGA Championship

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August 16: Current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Anirban Lahiri of India stood on the verge of creating another significant piece of history when he carded a third round two-under-par 70 to take a share of eighth place at the PGA Championship on Sunday.
The seven-time Asian Tour winner compiled a three-day total of nine-under-par 207 and is six shots behind Australian leader Jason Day as the year’s final Major heads into its final round.
With a prized championship at stake, Lahiri knows he has to come out with all guns blazing  to stand any chance of equalling Korea’s Y.E. Yang feat where he became the first Asian to win a Major at the same event in 2009.
“You're going to have to come out with a hot start if you want to have a chance, because there are birdies on this golf course. And these guys are good. You've got to play great. That's what I'm going to try to do,” said Lahiri.
Lahiri had earlier fired a spectacular 67 in the second round to reach the halfway mark in tied-fourth position, which is also the best an Indian player has been placed during that stage at any Major.
It was also the best-ever round by an Indian at any Major and bettered the score of 68, once each by Jeev Milkha Singh (2008 PGA), Lahiri himself (2012 British Open) and Shiv Kapur (2013 British Open).
Although Lahiri could not repeat similar fireworks in his third round, the Indian star is confident of flying back under the radar.
“I'm happy with the way I hit it. Quite frustrated with my score. I didn't really make anything inside ten feet. So it's kind of one of those rounds that could have been, I think, but I'm going to have to play lights out tomorrow.
“I'm going to make more putts tomorrow,” said Lahiri.
Australian rookie Cameron Smith meanwhile signed for a 70 for a share of 30th place while Yang posted another 72 to slip to tied-44th. Big-hitting Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who won a matchplay event in Europe a fortnight ago, carded a 73 for a tied-62nd place at Whistling Straits.
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