Safeway Open: Lahiri misses short putts, misses cut

Lahiri had four birdies against one bogey and one double, but needed something much lower than 71 to ensure weekend action.

Lahiri missed at least three putts at seven feet or less and that hurt him a lot. (File Picture)   -  Getty Images

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri added a 1-under 71 to his first round 73 and missed the cut at the PGA Tour’s season-opening Safeway Open here.

Lahiri had four birdies against one bogey and one double, but needed something much lower than 71 to ensure weekend action, as the cut went at 3-under.

Lahiri missed at least three putts at seven feet or less and that hurt him a lot.

Meanwhile, Brandt Snedeker birdied the final two holes for a 7-under 65, gaining a three-stroke lead over Phil Mickelson and two others.

Snedeker had eight birdies and a bogey — a 12-under 132 total.

In August this year, Snedeker won the Wyndham Championship opening with a 59 while taking his ninth PGA Tour title.

Mickelson followed his opening 65 with a 69 to join Michael Thompson (65) and Ryan Moore (67) at 10 under and they were Tied-2nd.

The 48-year-old Mickelson bogeyed three of his first eight holes but rallied with four birdies on his second nine.

First-round leader Sepp Straka followed his opening 63 with a 72 to drop into a tie for fifth at 9-under with Kevin Tway (67) and Sungjae Im (69).

Defending champion Brendan Steele is T-24 after 67-71.