Siem Reap (Cambodia): Himmat Rai returned an eventful one-under 71 for a share of the 37th spot but a poor back-nine put Anirban Lahiri`s chances of making the cut in danger after the opening round of the Jhonnie Walker Cambodian Open golf tournament on Thursday.
Rai and Lahiri, who was tied 68th after carding a one-over 73, are the only Indians in fray at the USD 300,000 event at the Phokeethra Country Club here.
In an eventful round, Rai stumbled to a couple of bogeys against a birdie in his front-nine.
But he recovered in the back-nine that was studded with three birdies against just one bogey.
On the other hand, Lahiri is in danger of losing his Asian Tour card due to a less-then-impressive season so far.
> The 10th tee starter played out a poor back-nine, dropping three shots to be three-over at the turn.
Lahiri recovered in a blemish-free front-nine to strike a couple of birdies but he would have to improve immensely in the second round to stay in the hunt for weekend action.
At the top, Japan`s Kenichi Kuboya took a one-stroke lead with a bogey-free seven-under 65.