Lahiri opens with a 66 in morning session at SAIL Open


New Delhi : India’s Anirban Lahiri, seeking his maiden Asian tour title, began strongly with a six-under 66 in the morning session of the first day of the SAIL Open golf here Tuesday.

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Lahiri was one clear of Sri Lankan Anura Rohana, who also plays on the Indian PGTI Tour.

The morning session at the challenging Delhi Golf Club (DGC) in the $300,000 tournament saw some good scores with big-hitting Thai, Kiradech Aphibarnrat sharing third place with countryman Prom Meesawat. With them was Manav Jaini, who grew up playing at the DGC, and who came close to winning his maiden title at the Indian Open in December.

Filipino Miguel Tabuena, who played the Asian Games for his country, and turned professional last week, shot 69 to lie in tied sixth place.

Lahiri avoided the driver and had five birdies and one eagle against one bogey for his best score at the Delhi Golf Club. “I’m hitting my three wood and that’s good enough. I decided yesterday evening to take my driver out. It was partly because this golf course has narrow fairways and also because I haven’t been hitting it very well with my driver,” said the 23-year-old.

” missed about six putts inside 12 feet for birdie but I’m not complaining. I’m just happy I’m giving myself a lot of scoring opportunities.”

Kiradech started on the back nine and turned in 34 before adding an eagle three on the first hole from four feet.