Sizzling Lahiri opens up 3-stroke lead

Last Updated: Friday, November 6, 2009 - 21:16

Greater Noida: Anirban Lahiri set the Jaypee Greens on fire, blasting a phenomenal seven-under 65 to open up a three-stroke lead at the halfway stage of the BILT Open golf tournament here on Friday.

Joint runners-up last year, Lahiri seemed determined to better the feat this year and his two-day total now stands at a staggering 13-under 131.

Amardip Sinh Malik is placed second at 10-under 134 after the golfer from Meerut shot six-under 66 on Friday.

Himmat Singh Rai (135), while Vikrant Chopra, Harendra Gupta and Mukesh Kumar share the fourth place at eight-under 136. Naman Dawar produced a superb 65 to be lone seventh at 137.

In all, 52 professionals made the cut after the cut-line was set at three-over 147.

Lahiri did not put a foot wrong today as he birdied the 12th, 14th and 18th to be three-under at the turn and he picked up four more shots in his front nine.

“I feel this round of 65 has put me in a very strong position ahead of the weekend. My confidence is high at this stage and I feel quite relaxed,” Lahiri said.

“My target for the first two days was to improve on my BILT Open 2008 score for the first two days. I managed to equal that score so I more or less achieved my target,” said Lahiri.

The 22-year-golfer said he was particularly happy to have mastered the par-five holes.

“I’m glad that I took advantage of the par five holes and made them count. I am six-under for the par fives after two days. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself now and just want to take it one round at a time,” added the youngster.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, November 6, 2009 - 21:16

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