Augusta Masters: Lahiri grinds it out to move to Tied-38th

High winds, which changed direction suddenly, pushed the average score to more than four shots over Augusta National’s par and played to just over 76. Lahiri’s 75 took him to eight-over 224 and he is now 11 shots off the leader, Jordan Spieth (73).

Anirban Lahiri had two birdies, first on the Par-5 second and the next on Par-4 seventh, besides five bogeys.   -  AP

Indian golfing ace Anirban Lahiri grinded it out on yet another tough scoring day in challenging conditions to card a three-over 75 in the third round and move up to Tied 38th at the Masters, here.

High winds, which changed direction suddenly, pushed the average score to more than four shots over Augusta National’s par and played to just over 76. Lahiri’s 75 took him to eight-over 224 and he is now 11 shots off the leader, Jordan Spieth (73).

Lahiri had two birdies, first on the Par-5 second and the next on Par-4 seventh, besides five bogeys. He bogeyed first, third and fifth and then 15th and 16th. The stretch between 15-17 cost Lahiri no less than seven shots in the last three days.

“Well, I played good and shot three-over and I had three putts, so it is not as if I played badly. On the contrary, I think I played quite well. I just did not score and didn’t get the putts to fall,” Lahiri said.

Lahiri likened the toughness to a school examination, saying, “It’s like writing an exam. For four and a half hours you have to just grind it out. At no point can you let up even a moment. It is really difficult conditions out there.”

“Through this week, I have played well enough for 13-14 holes and then had a weak finish and given away a lot of shots each day. It can be mentally exhausting when you have to check so many things like lie, ball flight, wind, when it is changing and so many things, so it is like being in a Brain Gym all the time. There is no option but to be patient,” he added.

Lahiri did have a massive high when his 40-footer dropped for birdie on Par-4 seventh.

“That 40-footer on the seventh was a bit of a bonus. It was one of those things, when you are trying to lag the putt for a two-putt and it just went in,” he said. That incidentally was one of the toughest holes on Saturday.