Anirban Lahiri cards 69 in first round at Sanderson Farms Championship

India's Anirban Lahiri was placed tied-32nd after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, U.S.

Published : Oct 01, 2021 11:26 IST , JACKSON, U.S.

Anirban Lahiri. - GETTY IMAGES (FILE)
Anirban Lahiri. - GETTY IMAGES (FILE)

Anirban Lahiri. - GETTY IMAGES (FILE)

India's Anirban Lahiri fought back after a mediocre start to finish with a creditable 3-under 69 in the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, U.S. He was placed tied-32nd.

Playing his first event of the new 2021-22 season, Lahiri started from the 10th and had two bogeys in his first nine and turned in 2-over.

A fine comeback with five birdies on the second nine, which was the front side of the Country Club of Jackson, saw Lahiri make a disappointing beginning to a solid first round.

Leading the field was Indian-American Sahith Theegala, who had eight birdies and no bogeys to take his first opening-round lead on the PGA Tour.

The rookie American, whose parents Karuna and Murali migrated from India, earned his card through the Korn Ferry Tour Finals.

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A changed driver at the Korn Ferry finals and some renewed confidence put Theegala in the front seat after the first round.

Lahiri hit 12 of 18 greens in regulation during his first round. He missed quite a few fairways on his front nine and turned in 2-over.

The second nine saw a lot of improvement from the moment he hit his second shot to seven feet on the 11th for a birdie.


A 29-footer birdie on the 12th added to the momentum. Two great pitches from just over 100 yards to three feet and one-and-a-half feet saw him birdie 14th and 15th. He added one more on 17th from nine feet and the score could have been better but for a five-foot miss for birdie on 18th.

Theegala leads at 8-under, while Nick Watney and Harold Varner III are tied for second at 7-under; and Si Woo Kim, Roger Sloan, and Kurt Kitayama are tied for fourth at 6-under.

South Korean Si Woo Kim was the best Asian in tied fourth position following a superb round consisting of seven birdies against a lone bogey for 6-under 66.

Fellow South Korean Sungjae Im, who was second here two years ago, shot an opening 5-under 67, which featured a couple of monster putts to be the best Asian at T-7.

The 23-year-old Im was hot with his putter as he picked six birdies, including holing putts of 32 feet and 27 feet on the 13th and 18th holes, respectively.

Chinese Taipei's C. T. Pan opened with a 68 while another South Korean, Sung Kang, also opened with a 68 to share 17th place. As Lahiri carded a 69, Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand shot a 71.

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