Lahiri enters Top-10 in World Golf Championships

by Shivam Sharma / Mar 06, 2016 / 0 comments

Lahiri enters Top-10 in World Golf Championships

Anirban in Top 10 WGC Cadillac

Anirban Lahiri turned in a second successive two-under 70 and entered into the Top-10 at midway stage of the $9.5 million WGC-Cadillac.

Lahiri, who had three birdies — two of them in last three holes and one bogey — is tied-9th, six shots behind the leader, Adam Scott, who is looking to make it two wins in two weeks.

Lahiri hit solidly and did well but he could have done better on the greens — he burnt the edges and stopped inches short of the hole several times. For the second straight day, he had a jittery start with a bogey on the first hole. After two wayward shots, Lahiri needed to make a 23-foot putt for a par, which he missed. But he got into his stride quickly and settled in well by finding the greens with regularity, even when he was not on the fairway.

He birdied the par-four third with a seven-footer, and over the next six holes, he was consistently inside 20 feet with his approach shot. But he always needed two putts for pars. He did miss a seven-footer for a birdie on eighth. After the turn, he was again steady, ensuring no mishaps. From 10th to 15th, he was again in the 40-70 foot zone and always got his pars, including one from eight feet on the 11th and another from just over 12 feet on the 13th.

His consistency paid off finally on the 16th, when he hit his approach to under five and holed it for a birdie. On the challenging 18th, he holed a good 14-footer for his third birdie, wrapping up his round of 70.

Lahiri has made three cuts in five starts on the PGA Tour this year, with T-28 at Career Builder Challenge as his best. Scott, second at Northern Trust Open two weeks ago and winner at Honda Classic last week, is back in the saddle at midway stage.

Scott’s 6-under 66 got him to 10-under for the tournament and two clear of Rory McIlroy and defending champion Dustin Johnson. Jordan Spieth made a bogey on his final hole and shot an even-par 72, leaving him seven shots off the lead in tied-12th.