Petaling Jaya: A topsy-turvy card
of two-under 69 helped Anirban Lahiri grab a share of the
second spot after the opening round of Worldwide Holdings
Selangor Masters golf tournament here on Wednesday.
The Kolkata golfer sank four birdies, two bogeys, an
eagle and a double bogey to lie three shots adrift of leader
Airil Rizman of Malaysian, who fired a five-under 66 at the
challenging Seri Selangor Golf Club here.
Lahiri was off the block with a birdie but a bogey on the
fourth pulled him back before the Indian dropped an eagle on
the next and picked up another birdie at the eighth hole to
make the turn at three-under.
On resumption, he birdied the 10th and 13th holes but a
bogey at the 12th and a double bogey at the 16th dented his
hopes of a better performance.
Among other Indians in fray, Rahil Gangjee carded
level-par 71 to lie tied 14th, while Naman Dawar turned in 72
to take the tied 27th spot.
Gaganjeet Bhullar, who finished fourth in last week`s
Brunei Open, and senior pro Gaurav Ghei carded an identical
two-over 73 to lie tied 40.
However, as many as nine Indians stared at the prospect
of missing the cut after having a bad day in office.
Gaurav Singh and C Muniyappa carded matching four-over 75
to be tied 69th, while one stroke behind were the troika of
Digvijay Singh, Mandeo Pathania and Gurki Shergill.
Among others, Vikrant Chopra (76), Firoz Ali (78),
Amandeep Johl (79) and Himmat Rai (80) languished at the
bottom half of the leaderboard.