Lahiri prevails amidst tough conditions

Two-time Asian Tour winner Anirban Lahiri is enjoying a fine run of form. After winning the SAIL-SBI Open and securing a place in the British Open

Written by Smriti Sinha | New Delhi | Published: March 30, 2012 12:11 am

Two-time Asian Tour winner Anirban Lahiri is enjoying a fine run of form. After winning the SAIL-SBI Open and securing a place in the British Open,defending champion Lahiri prevailed over the field at the Panasonic Open India on Thursday in what he confessed were the toughest conditions that he has ever played at the Delhi Golf Club. “Wind was making it impossible to land shots on the fairways. I was talking to Shiv Kapur’s caddie and he said he hasn’t seen such fast winds in 34 years,” Lahiri said. But with five birdies against two dropped shots,the conditions didn’t spoil his card as much as it did for the 141 players who shot over par scores.

While his 3-under 69 was good enough to keep him in sole lead,there are 14 players within two shots of him. With the field as packed as seven golfers sharing the second spot at 2-under,Lahiri’s 16th hole birdie proved to be the clincher that took him above Thailand’s Prom Meesawat,Indians Digvijay Singh,Ashok Kumar,Shankar Das,Australians Adam Groom,Scot Barr and Scot James Byrne.

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