Rock hard greens see Lahiri slips to tied 39th

On course for a creditable finish at tied sixth, Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri had a free fall to eventually end tied 39th in the final round of ‘A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier’ here.

Lahiri, who set the course alight with a 61 on the second day and was tied sixth after the third round, had his most disappointing round on the final day as he carded a six-over 76 on the rock hard greens of Old White TPC.   -  AFP

On course for a creditable finish at tied sixth, Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri had a free fall to eventually end tied 39th in the final round of ‘A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier’ here.

Lahiri, who set the course alight with a 61 on the second day and was tied sixth after the third round, had his most disappointing round on the final day as he carded a six-over 76 on the rock hard greens of Old White TPC.

The 67-61-71 on the first three days saw him find 72, 100 and 83 per cent greens in regulations and then it dropped to an abysmal 33 per cent on the final day.

As for putting, he missed a whole lot on the third and final days when the greens became rock hard and very difficult to putt.

He also dropped four places on the FedExCup rankings and is now 90th as he takes a week off before The Open.

Meanwhile, Korean-American Kevin won his first PGA Tour title since 2011. In the time since, he had six runner-up finishes and a host of other top 10s. He called those “A lot of heartbreaks“.

Behind Kelly Kraft (70) in sole second, there were Brandt Snedeker (64) and Jason Kokrak (67) tied 3rd at 13-under. Five players including Arnold Palmer’s grandson Sam Saunders (70) were tied 5th.

On Sunday Na took control, almost from the outset, and fired a 64 that put him on road to a five-stroke victory over Kraft.

When he made a clutch 5-footer for par at the 14th hole to preserve his four-stroke advantage, Na admitted he could see the finish line clearly.

Kraft, who was tied for fifth a year ago in his debut at The Greenbrier was solo second yesterday with an even par 70.

Shubhankar, Poulter to play Hero Challenge at Edinburgh Castle

Shubhankar Sharma, the toast of Indian golf this season, will make his Hero Challenge debut at the iconic Edinburgh Castle.

The event precedes the Scottish Open this week.

The 21-year-old Sharma, who hit the European and Asian Tour headlines with two wins at the start of the season, also earned an invitation to the Masters soon after a Top-10 finish in his debut at WGC-Mexico.

Later, he qualified for the US Open. Apart from Sharma, the other five are Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter, four-time PGA Tour winner Charley Hoffman, local golfer Richie Ramsay, crowd favourite Andrew Johnston and the charismatic Rafa Cabrera-Bello, who has played Hero Challenge twice before.

The Hero Challenge will see six players play in two groups with the top two going into a knockout for semi-finals, followed by the final.

Sharma said, “I saw the event a few times on TV when it was in Europe last year and in Dubai. The Hero Challenge will be a great experience at the Edinburgh Castle.”