Rocket Mortgage Classic: Anirban Lahiri tied-55th after first round

Lahiri cards a three-under 69.

Anirban Lahiri hit 10 of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens in regulation.   -  AP

Anirban Lahiri, the Indian golfer, carded three-under 69 in the first round at the Rockey Mortgage Classic here.

In a bogey-free round, Lahiri, who is trying to gather some good finishes to make a dash for the playoffs, hit 10 of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens in regulation. Yet, his 69 was good enough only for the tied-55th position.

The first round produced a lot of low scores. Leader Nate Lashley scored a nine-under 63.

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Lashley, 36, got into the field after being the first alternate, and he leads Nick Watney and Ryan Armour by one shot. Lahiri, teeing off from the 10th, parred his entire first nine and then three more to have 12 pars in a row after the first 12 holes.

On the par-5 fourth, Lahiri’s approach shot set him up for the birdie and he went to one-under. At the 207-yard par-3 ninth, his final hole of the day, Lahiri hit his tee shot from 188 yards to 14-foot for a third birdie.

Lashley birdied the final three holes and five of the last six for a nine-under-63. It was the lowest score in his PGA Tour career, a day after getting a spot at Detroit Golf Club as an alternate.