WGC-Bridgestone: Back nine bites Lahiri again

Anirban Lahiri, who had 68 and 74 on the first two days, once again had problems on the back nine, where he dropped three shots in the five-hole stretch between 13th and 17th.

Anirban Lahiri (in picture) is 10 shots behind leaders Jason Day of Australia and Scott Piercy of USA.   -  Getty Images

The tough golf course at the Firestone Country Club had the golfers struggling on the third day with Anirban Lahiri managing only a three-over 73 in the third round of the WGC Bridgestone Invitational here.

Lahiri, who had 68 and 74 on the first two days, once again had problems on the back nine, where he dropped three shots in the five-hole stretch between 13th and 17th.

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Lahiri is now five-over 215 and on tied-30th after being tied-fifth on the first day. Lahiri’s two birdies in the third round came on sixth and eighth, but he dropped shots on fourth, ninth, 13th, 14th and 17th.

Lahiri is 10 shots behind leaders Jason Day of Australia and Scott Piercy of USA. Day and Piercy are also the only two have under-par scores in all three rounds. Only nine players are under par after 54 holes.

Day hit only three fairways on a Firestone course that demands more, but still managed a 1-under 69 to share the lead with Piercy. But he did have three par putts of at least eight feet.

Piercy, coming off a runner-up finish in the U.S. Open two weeks ago at Oakmont, quickly tied Day for the lead with an eagle on the par-5 second hole and was flawless until the final hole. He pulled his tee shot into the left rough and just managed to escape with a bogey and a 67.

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