Confident Top-ranked golfer Anirban Lahiri made his intentions clear by gaining a two-shot lead at the end of the first round of the PGTI Ahmedabad Masters on Wednesday.
The Bangalorean’s round one exploits helped him set the KBG course record which is staging its first ever professional event. Angad Cheema, who was part of group comprising Lahiri and Rashid Khan, posted a creditable six-under-66 to lie second.“Of course, having good outing in Thailand and three top-3 finishes before coming to Ahmedabad, has boosted my confidence,” said Lahiri.
Lahiri was on a roll from the fifth hole onwards where he sank his first birdie from 10 feet. The 26-year-old went on a birdie-spree picking up strokes on six consecutive holes from the seventh to the 12th. He landed it within five feet on the eighth and 10th and knocked down 15-footers on the ninth and 11th.
However, Lahiri’s lead was under threat when Om Prakash Choudhan scored six consecutive birdies in first 12 holes. Unfortunately, the Mhow-based player stumbled with three bogeys.
Lahiri said, “It was an unbelievable round. I didn’t expect to fire such a low number. I played the course for the first time during my practice round yesterday and was a little confused about some holes.
“Nonetheless, my hitting and approach shots helped me end the day at eight-under. I felt I was a little lucky as there was hardly any wind today,” added Lahiri.
Arjun Singh of Delhi joined Kanishk Madan with a score of -67. Kolkata’s SSP Chowrasia, Abhinav Lohan of Faridabad and Delhi’s Pawan Kumar fired finished the day with four-under-68 to occupy joint sixth place.