Lahiri off to a fine start, placed tied 11th at WGC

India’s Anirban Lahiri got off to fine start carding a decent two-under 70 to be placed tied 11th at the end of the first round of the USD 9.5 million World Golf Cadillac Championship, the first WGC event of the year.

Anirban Lahiri was tied at 11th with Rickie Fowler, Jamie Donaldson, Hideki Matsuyama and Matt Kuchar.   -  Getty Images

India’s Anirban Lahiri got off to fine start carding a decent two-under 70 to be placed tied 11th at the end of the first round of the USD 9.5 million World Golf Cadillac Championship, the first WGC event of the year here.

The event has no cut and the field has just 66 players.

Lahiri was four behind Scott Piercy and Marcus Fraser, who opened very strongly with 66 each. Tied at 11th with Lahiri were Rickie Fowler, Jamie Donaldson, Hideki Matsuyama and Matt Kuchar.

Playing at the Blue Monster at Doral, Lahiri had three birdies and three bogeys in his first nine, which started on the 10th. But on the second nine, he started with birdies on first and second and then added a third birdie on eighth. Put alongside a bogey on sixth, it meant a two-under 34 and a day’s work of 70.

“It was a decent round. A couple of missed putts, but I hit it solid after a shaky start,” said Lahiri, who played at the venue and event last year too. “I am satisfied with the start and there’s three more days and a lot of golf still to come.”

Lahiri has had a decent enough start to his rookie season with three cuts in five starts and his finishes have all been inside top-40, including T-28 at Career Builder Challenge, where he had a share of the lead after the first day.

“I am getting used to the place and Tour and I am loving my way around. And its been a learning each week. I am feeling very relaxed as I go into the next days,” he added.