Advertisement
Monday, Oct 25, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Indian Golfer Anirban Lahiri Gets Strong Start As Top Stars Trail At Tokyo Olympics

The former Asian Tour No. 1 Lahiri had six birdies against two bogeys and was Tied-sixth though many players were yet to finish

Indian Golfer Anirban Lahiri Gets Strong Start As Top Stars Trail At Tokyo Olympics
India's Anirban Lahiri studies his putt on the fourth green during the first round of the men's golf event at the 2020 Summer Olympicson Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, Japan. | AP Photo/Matt York
Indian Golfer Anirban Lahiri Gets Strong Start As Top Stars Trail At Tokyo Olympics
outlookindia.com
2021-07-29T12:49:33+05:30

India's Anirban Lahiri playing his second Olympics got off to a solid start with a 4-under 67 in the first round of the Tokyo Games golf competition at the Kasumigaseki Country Club on Thursday.

Tokyo Olympics | Full Schedule | Sports News

The former Asian Tour No. 1 Lahiri had six birdies against two bogeys and was Tied-sixth though many players were yet to finish.

The other Indian, Udayan Mane, who made the field of 60 at a late stage, also had a fair start as he 1-under through 10 holes. He was T-30 though his position will change as the round ends.

The field was led by Austrian Sepp Straka, who came into the Games after six missed cuts in last seven starts. He equalled an Olympic record of 8-under 63. Straka lipped out his birdie attempt on 18th that would have set the record.

Belgium’s Thomas Pieters and Mexican Carlos Ortiz shot 6-under 65 each, while Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond was also 6-under with three holes left when play was stopped due to dangerous weather in the area.

Lahiri, coming off a third place in Barbasol Championships on the PGA Tour, was happy with the start.

"It was good. I started off a little dodgy first few holes, couldn't get my rhythm going early. But then I settled down nicely. I probably feel like I could have taken some more chances, some opportunities on the back nine I didn't make as many birdies as I could have.

"But I'm playing well, so I have to build on this and as you can see already there's a lot of opportunities if it keeps playing like this, soft, there's not much rain today, then you have to go out there and just really be aggressive and make a lot of putts.”

Lahiri managed good practice too, helping him on day one of the competition.

"I got a full 36 in, nine every day the four days leading up to the event, so I felt pretty comfortable on the golf course. Obviously the tournament setup's going to be a little different but I feel like it wasn't as hard as they could make it.”

"Today we barely had any wind, so a good day to go out and take advantage. The greens are beautiful, they're perfect, they're rolling great, golf course is immaculate," he said.

Lahiri shrugged off a bogey start on first by later sinking some huge putts. Two of his birdies on ninth and 15th came from 28 feet.

He had a super run of four birdies in five holes from fifth to ninth. Then he had back-to-back birdies on 15th and 16th and closed with two pars. His dropped shots came on first and 12th.

Among the world stars, who did not have a great start, former World No. 1 Justin Thomas started with even par 71, while 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama shot 2-under 69.

Rory McIlroy was 1-under with five holes left, while former World No. 1 Justin Thomas had all 18 pars in his 71.

Reigning British Open champion Collin Morikawa was 2 under through 11 holes and Patrick Reed was 4 under through 10 holes.

Straka, ranked 161st in the world, equalled the record of 63 set by Matt Kuchar (US) and Marcus Fraser of Australia who shot 63 in the 2016 Rio Games when golf returned to the Olympics for the first time in more than a century.

Back in 2016, Lahiri, coming off an injury had finished 57th out of 60 players, and is keen on making amends for that result.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

'Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani': Shah Rukh Khan As The Symbol Of Indianness

'Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani': Shah Rukh Khan As The Symbol Of Indianness

SRK’s persona evokes the kind of Indianness that denies categorisation into singular, exclusive identities. And thrives on making others feel welcome.

Aryan Khan Case: Witness Alleges NCB Asked For Rs 18 Crore Bribe From Shah Rukh Khan

Aryan Khan Case: Witness Alleges NCB Asked For Rs 18 Crore Bribe From Shah Rukh Khan

Aryan Khan, who is currently lodged in Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail, was arrested on October 2 on a cruise in connection to the possession of illegal drugs.

T20 World Cup: Pakistan Break Jinx Vs India In Style

T20 World Cup: Pakistan Break Jinx Vs India In Style

Babar Azam (68) and Mohammad Rizwan (79) made light of a 152-run target to help Pakistan break a World Cup jinx against India.

Love, Longing And Shah Rukh: Growing Up With DDLJ In The Time Of Mandal And Kamandal

Love, Longing And Shah Rukh: Growing Up With DDLJ In The Time Of Mandal And Kamandal

Shah Rukh Khan called himself a peddler of love. That’s better than the pitches selling religion. Love is all we need now.

Advertisement