Lahiri moves to tied-14 in Mexico

Lahiri carded a five-under 66 to move to tied-14th after three rounds at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Anirban Lahiri managed five birdies in the first eight holes.   -  Getty Images (File Photo)

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri carded five-under 66 and moved within a close distance of a second successive Top-10 finish in the new season as he was Tied-14th after three rounds at the PGA Tour’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

At 11-under 202, Lahiri was seven shots behind the leader, Gary Woodland (66). Woodland has had rounds of 64-65-66 and is now one shot clear of Pat Perez (62), who moved into reckoning with a superb nine-under 62.

Lahiri, who was in contention at the CIMB Classic last month, got off to a flying start with five birdies in the first eight holes. He birdied the second, fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth before dropping his first bogey on ninth. After he turned in four-under, he added a birdie on 10th, dropped a bogey on 14th and finally ended with a gain on 17th for a day’s job of 66.

“I have been playing solid and I hope I can have a strong finish on Sunday. I had a few putts that refused to go on the back, so was a little disappointed not to shoot a lower score,” said Lahiri.

“The golf course has a few birdies to offer if you can strike it good. I am happy to put myself in a good position going into Sunday, so I will try my best to make it count,” added the 29-year-old Indian, whose best results in the last few months has been a second place at Hero Indian Open and a third place at CIMB Classic.

Lahiri, who retained his card by finishing 119 on FedEx Cup rankings in 2016, has had a good start with his showing in CIMB, Malaysia, where he picked up US$ 406,000 and 163 FedEx Cup points. A good finish on Sunday will also help him get closer to his goal of getting back to Top-50 in world rankings.

Woodland finished with a 5-under 66 to reach 18-under 195 on Mayakoba’s Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon course. He won the last of his two Tour titles in 2013.

Pat Perez was second after a 62. Scott Piercy was 16-under after a 66, Seamus Power (64) was 15-under, and Webb Simpson (69) followed at 14-under. Defending champion Graeme McDowell was 8-under after his second straight 65. He opened with a 75.