Lahiri tied for the lead in US

Fri 22 Jan 2016

Lahiri tied for the lead in US

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January 21: India’s Anirban Lahiri could not have asked for a better start to his PGA Tour campaign when he fired an eight-under-par 64 to grab the joint first round lead at the Career Builders Challenge on Thursday.
The reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion did not put a foot wrong at the PGA West TPC Stadium Course, snaring eight birdies against no bogeys to share the lead with Jerry Kelly, Jason Dufner and Jeff Overton.
“I think I hit a lot of greens and kept it in play all day which you need to do on a course like this. I’m pretty happy with how I hit it off the tee and I didn’t miss many greens and that usually does it for you,” said Lahiri.
Wu Ashun of China Wu Ashun of China
He earned his card in America through the Web.Com Finals last season, which also saw him winning twice on the Asian Tour, breaking into the world’s top-50 and making his debut in the Presidents Cup.
He featured in Team Asia’s defeat to Europe in the EurAsia Cup last week, winning his singles match against Shane Lowry but losing two other matches.
“I’m really excited. Im been wanting to come out here and I’m here. So I’m going take whatever opportunities I can get and I’m excited. You get great fields and great events here, so I’m looking forward to it,” said the 28-year-old.
Korean duo Sunghoon Kang and S.Y. Noh, both winners on the Asian Tour, shot matching 68s.
In the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, China’s Wu Ashun and Byeonghun An of Korea, who played in the EurAsia Cup, carded 69s for a share of 12th place along with Asian Tour winner Wade Orsmby.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand and Andrew Dodt of Australia shot 70s while Thongchai Jaidee was a further stroke back with a 71. American amateur Bryson Dechambeau carded a fine 64 to take the first round lead.
World number one Jordan Spieth, who will play in the SMBC Singapore Open next week, shot a 68.