Wyndham C’ship: Anirban Lahiri ensures bogey-free round, makes cut

The Indian golfer cards a three-under 67 to be placed tied-38th at the halfway stage.

Anirban Lahiri now has a total of six-under 134. File Photo: AP

In another bogey-free day, India’s Anirban Lahiri carded a three-under 67 to be placed tied-38th at the halfway stage of the Wyndham Championship, here.

Lahiri, who needs a good result this week to find his way back into the playoff beginning next week, had three birdies in his round for a total of six-under 134.

Lahiri had a successful day, finding 17 of the 18 greens. He also had 11 of the 14 fairways. However, most of his iron shots were in the 15-28 feet range; twice, his strokes touched 45 and 55 feet. But he did well to get his first putts inside five-six feet for par or birdie. Only on the 12th did he need to hole a 13-foot for par.

FIRST ROUND REPORT

Lahiri’s first birdie was on the 59-yard par-5 fifth when he hit the green in two, and putted two for birdie. On the par-4 11th, Lahiri’s 171-yard approach to four feet set him up for the second birdie.

On the 545-yard par-5 15th hole, Lahiri reached the green in three and holed a three-foot putt for birdie to get to three-under for the round. Meanwhile, South Korea’s Byeong Hun An stayed in first place, following up a first round of 62 with a 65. He is now 13-under and one clear of Brice Garnett (64-64).

First round co-leader Sungjae Im, Webb Simpson, Adam Svensson, Patton Kizzire, Mackenzie Hughes and Josh Teater are tied for third at 11-under.

Diksha misses cut at British Open

India’s Diksha Dagar missed the cut at the AIG Women’s British Open after carding a seven-over 79 in the second round in Woburn, U.K.

 

Diksha was disappointed at missing out on the weekend action, but said she was richer in experience after playing two majors in three weeks.

She will tee up at the Scottish Open next.

It took Diksha 32 holes to get her first birdie of the week as she birdied the par-3 14th. She had five bogeys on the first day and another seven in the first 13 holes on the second day. She birdied the 14th and then bogeyed the 18th.

Interestingly, also missing the cut at 12-over for former World No. 1 Lydio Ko (76-80), and behind them was Laura Davies (82-75) at 13-over.

Another player to tie with Diksha was South Africa’s Esther Henseleit (78-78), the leading rookie of 2019 on the Ladies European Tour. Ashliegh Buhai (65-67) of South Africa made good use of the perfect playing conditions to hold on to the top spot at 12-under par 132. Buhai was three strokes ahead of Hinako Shibuno (66-69), a 20-year-old rookie on the Japan LPGA.

Buhai was four better than Lizette Salas (69-67) of the U.S. There were players from nine different countries in the top-13 and 11 major champions were within striking distance of the lead.