Lahiri continues fine form in Thailand
Anirban Lahiri continued his solid form with a 4-below-par 68 to share the lead with Jonathan Moore in The Open Championship International Last Qualifying (IFQ).
Lahiri, who won his second Asian Tour title at the SAIL-SBI Open on residence soil last week, was cruising on 6-beneath ahead of dropping a bogey on 16 and a expensive double bogey on the signature 17th hole at the Amata Spring Nation Club, in which players must take a boat ride to the green following their tee shot. He recovered with a birdie on the last hole.
Moore, winner of the Asian Development Tour Order of Merit final year, enjoyed a hot placing day highlighted by an eagle 3 on the 15th hole.
Kwanchai Tannin of Thailand, Kodai Ichihara of Japan, Australian Scott Barr and Japanese amateur Hideki Matsuyama have been a further shot back in the IFQ, where the top rated-4 players at the finish of the two-day qualifier will earn tickets to The Open Championship in July.
“I am really joyful with the way I played. I drove the ball genuinely effectively. I’m pleased with the way I’m swinging it. All and all it was a excellent round. I would have loved to finish greater,” stated Lahiri.
Lahiri was delighted to be in the operating of earning a Main debut regardless of hitting his wedge shot into the water on 17.
“I adore watching all The Opens. I bear in mind watching Tiger (Woods) go out with his two-iron and smashing it all around St. Andrews. He would kill the area and that was great. Hopefully if I can perform properly tomorrow [Friday], I can be a component of that,” mentioned the 24-year-old.
Moore, who played on the back 9, sank a huge eagle putt on the 15th hole from the edge of the green from 50 feet prior to carding 3 straight birdies from the 1st hole.
“My type hasn’t been excellent. My set up has been really off. I’m slowly functioning on it and I felt like it got far better out there. The reward is really cool. I feel like I am in it. It is actually very good knowledge and it will type of really feel like taking part in in the weekend rounds tomorrow,” said Moore, who played in the US Open in 2006.
Kwanchai, who is aiming to qualify for his initial Key physical appearance, place his regional knowledge to very good use as he returned with five birdies against two bogeys.
“I like this golf course. I played well right here at the Thailand Golf Championship except on the last day. It was an okay round for me. It would be a dream come genuine to be capable to qualify for The Open. That’s every single specialist golfers’ dream,” mentioned Kwanchai, who completed in 58th location on the Order of Merit final year.
Barr of Australia was on five-under immediately after 16 holes and but failed to sustain his momentum as he returned with two closing bogeys. He will be aiming to make his second look in The Open considering that generating his Major debut in 2004.
“I played previously in 2004 and the environment and crowd have been very good. It was a excellent knowledge. Hopefully I can get back out there. My kind is okay, I am hitting and putting okay. I’m performing quite nicely and hopefully I can hang in there,” mentioned Barr, who finished third at the SAIL-SBI Open in India final week.