Career Builder Challenge: Lahiri shoots three-under 68

Anirban Lahiri made a steady start with a three-under 68 that placed him Tied-34th at the end of the first round at the Career Builder Challenge in his second start of the new year on the PGA Tour.

Anirban Lahiri is positioned tied-34th in the Career Builder Challenge.   -  AP

Anirban Lahiri made a steady start with a three-under 68 that placed him Tied-34th at the end of the first round at the Career Builder Challenge in his second start of the new year on the PGA Tour. Lahiri, who has a Top-3 finish in 2016-17 season with a third spot in CIMB Classic in Malaysia, had four birdies against one bogey in his round.

Playing at the Nicklaus course, one of the three being used for the tournament this week, Lahiri had just one birdie in his first 12 holes, but he had no bogeys either. Starting on the 10th, he had a birdie on 14th and his next birdie came on par-5 fourth hole, which was his 13th hole. He dropped a shot on sixth, but picked birdies on seventh and another on closing ninth.

Bozzelli leads

Rookie Dominic Bozzelli shot a 64 on the Stadium Course at PGA WEST, which is said to be the most difficult of the three courses, to top the leaderboard. The standout shot was when he holed out from 115 yards for eagle on the par-4 14th.

Jhonattan Vegas, the 2011 champion, was one behind at 65 along with Harold Varner III, Hudson Swafford and Patton Kizzire. Vegas and Kizzire played PGA WEST’s Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Varner and Swafford opened at La Quinta. Rain fell off and on in the morning and more was expected on Friday, with the PGA TOUR moving the tee times up an hour.

Meanwhile, the 46-year-old Phil Mickelson, coming back after two hernia surgeries, shot four-under 68, despite a poor opening shot, that saw him a provisional ball. He scrambled for par and went on to card 68, which was four behind the leader. Defending champion Jason Dufner shot a 70 at La Quinta.