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Porsche European Open: Anirban and SSP begin the quest with three-under 68 each in Germany

Anirban Lahiri returning to action after a gap of more than a month, and SSP Chawrasia looking for his first career win outside India, despite three European Tour wins at home, carded identical three-under 68 each to be placed Tied-16th.

With play having been delayed by three hours and 25 minutes, only a few had finished their opening round as play continued and the first round is likely to finish on Friday.

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Chawrasia was cruising at five-under through 15 holes and was Tied-second at that time. Starting on the tenth, he was five-under and then came the stutter at the finish, when he bogeyed the seventh and ninth and ended at 68.

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Lahiri, whose last competitive round was at the Rio Olympic Games, also started from the tenth, After a par start on 10th, he had a hat-trick of birdies from 11th to 13th. Then he suffered a mid-round lapse, as he bogeyed 15th and 18th to turn in one-under.

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A birdie on second was followed by a bogey on fourth. Birdies on sixth and eighth saw him finish at 68, making it a satisfying round for someone coming after a long layoff.

The CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters: Anirban Lahiri to go head on with Fraser and Thongchai

Three of the biggest names on the Asian tour,Indian Anirban Lahiri, Thai legend Thongchai Jaidee and Marcus Fraser of Australia will have a nip and tuck battle at the Indonesian masters this year at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club from October 6 to 9.

The star trio will compete for a share of the US$750,000 prize purse at the sixth edition of Indonesia’s premier golf tournamentWorld no.

The World no.89 Marcus Fraser leads the Asian tour order of merit with his recent win at the Malaysian Open followed up with a tied second outing at the Panasonic Open in Japan.

The 29-year-old Indian certainly know his way round Royale Jakarta, having won in 2014 following a grandstand finish when he beat Korea’s Seukhyun Baek by a single shot with a dramatic eagle on the 72nd hole.

The old hotshot Thongchai, ranked 44th in the world, claimed a stylish win at the 100th Open de France in July before putting in a solid performance in The Open Championship where he came in tied 22nd at Royal Troon.

All three players also proudly represented their country at the Olympic Games in Rio earlier this month, with Fraser claiming tied-fifth place after leading the opening two rounds.

Fraser said: “I’m very much looking forward to coming to Jakarta to play in this year’s BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Zurich. I have not played at  Royale Jakarta before but I have heard a lot of good things about the course.  It should be a great four days of competition  and I am looking forward to the challenges of the course and to adjusting to the conditions in Indonesia with the heat and humidity.”

Lahiri said: “It’s a golf course I know well and managed to get top spot when I last played it in 2014, so I will be doing my best to pick up from where I left off! My form this year hasn’t been quite where I’ve wanted it to be so in some respects it’s good to get back to a track I know well and see what I can do. It should be a great tournament and I look forward to taking on Marcus and hopefully getting a good result.”

Thongchai said:“I’m very much looking forward to coming back to Jakarta. It’s a good golf course and it suits my game. I’ve have a number of top five finishes there over the years and was runner-up in 2011 so we will see if we can go one better this time round. I’m pretty happy with my form and just enjoying my golf.”

 

Anirban Lahiri obscured his shoulder injury to play for the nation

Anirban Lahiri, the highest ranked Indian golfer endured a shoulder injury during the British open in Scotland this year. Lahiri was bound to miss the Olympics, but the opportunity to represent the country at Olympics too was once in a lifetime chance. Lahiri thus decided to hide his injury and compete at the Olympics.

Anirban showed great patriotism when he chose to wear the tricolour rather than the millions on offer during the series that lay ahead.

Anirban had a disappointing Olympic outing and is now forced to take four weeks off to nurse his injury.

Lahiri's post on his Facebook Page after the Golf's men event at the Olympics.
Lahiri’s tweet after the Golf’s men event at the Olympics.

The top ranked Indian golfer will now miss the lucrative FedexCup Playoffs in his first full season on the PGA TOUR. The good news though is that Anirban has secured his card for the next season and will be eligible to play a full season soon as he recovers.

Golfoy hopes that Anirban makes a quick recovery and return to the greens.

Rio 2016: Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia fall further as India’s medal tally stays dry as dust

Anirban Lahiri scored a two over 73 and SSP an even par 71 to finish day 2 in Rio at tied 51 and tied 30 respectively.

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Lahiri struggled throughout the day as he scored consecutive bogeys on the 4th and 5th hole before scoring a birdie at 6th. The Asian tour no. 1 again scored bogeys at the 7th and the 8th hole to get to three under, his poor form continued as he finished the day at tied 51.

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SSP too didn’t start his day on a good note as he bogeyed the 2nd hole and double bogeyed on the par-four third hole. However, he fought his way back after birding the next two holes. Chawrasia finished the day at tied 30.

Indian podium finish in the golf’s men event seems a rare possibility now but the duo still has a day left and we hope that day 3 will bring some glory for the Indian golfers.

 

Talking point: Anirban Lahiri shares his view on future of Indian golf.

Back in 2012, The Open in Britain was his first Major, and now formidable Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri, a regular on the Major circuit, is all set for the Open at the Royal Troon, also he is part of the Indian contingent for RIO 2016 summer Olympics.

Here’s a brief interview in which Anirban speaks on the future of Indian golf and his love for Bengaluru. Watch it right here.

All the very best Lahiri, India supports you.