Anirban Lahiri opens with 74 in Fiji International golf

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 14, 2014, 22:00 PM IST

Fiji: Flying from one end of the world to the other and trying to get used to a 19-hour time difference, Anirban Lahiri shot an opening round of two-over 74 on the first day of the inaugural Fiji International here on Thursday.

Lahiri is tied for 68th and will need a good second round to ensure action on the weekend.

Lahiri, who played and missed the cut at the PGA Championships in Valhalla, Kentucky in United States, had a double bogey on first and later found four birdies including three in a row from ninth to 11th. He also had four bogeys. At one stage Lahiri was four-over after six holes, but recovered well to shoot 74.

Unheralded Chinese golfer Wang Minghao produced a standout performance to take a share of the first round lead in the inaugural Fiji International. The 24-year-old, who once played golf with Tiger Woods when he was 12, fired a four-under-par 68 at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course. He sits atop a packed leader board along with Australians Rhein Gibson, David McKenzie, Jake Higginbottom, Andrew Dodt, Stephen Dartnall, and Jason Scrivener.

The event`s star attraction and designer of the course Fiji`s Vijay Singh fired a one?over-par 73, while Zimbabwean Nick Price carded the same score.

The 1 million US-Dollar tournament is being jointly sanctioned by OneAsia and the PGA Tour of Australasia.