Anirban Lahiri Misses Putts, Lies Tied 44th With Jordan Spieth in Memorial Golf
Anirban Lahiri shot two-under par round of 70 in the first round to be tied 44th in the Memorial Golf Championship
Anirban Lahhiri shot two-under par round of 70 in the first round
He is tied 44th with world No.1 Jordan Spieth
He finished tied 6th at Colonial last week for his 1st top-10 of season
Anirban Lahiri shot two-under par round of 70 in the first round to remain tied 44th with Jordan Spieth in the Memorial Golf Championship being held at the Muirfield Village.
The 28-year-old Indian ace, who finished tied 6th at the Colonial last week for his first Top-10 of the season, and finished second in the European-Asian Tour event, Hero Indian Open in March, was disappointed with the score, but not his performance.
Starting on the 10th, Lahiri had four birdies and two bogeys, on the ninth and 18th, but more importantly he missed a bunch of short birdie putts.
Lahiri birdied 12th, 14th, fifth and seventh and dropped bogeys on 18th and ninth. Lahiri missed three putts inside eight and a half feet and two of them were on par-fives.
After missing short putts for birdies on the Par-fives on the back stretch he birdied both par-fives on front stretch.
But at the finish, Lahiri missed a birdie putts just over five feet on par-3 eighth and then one just one under seven feet for par on ninth. But for those misses, he may well have been around 67-68.
Johnson in lead
At the top, Dustin Johnson blitzed the course with 10 birdies and finished with a round of eight-under 64, while the 'Top 3' in the world had mixed results.
World No 1 Jason Day opened with a 66, while No. 2 Jordan Spieth shot 70 and Rory McIlroy had a 71. Johnson's 64 gave him one shot lead over Brendan Steele (65) and there were five players, including Day and Matt Kuchar at 66.
Hudson Swafford, who also shot 66 had a front nine of 29 with five birdies and an eagle.
Johnson set the pace early with 10 birdies enroute to 8-under 64, and it came quite appropriately a day after Spieth referred to Johnson as the most talented player on the PGA TOUR.
Johnson opened with three straight birdies, made three straight birdies to close out the back nine and added four in a row on the back and wound up with his best score in his nine years at Muirfield Village.
He had a one-shot lead over Brendan Steele, who holed out for eagle on the 18th for a 65. Spieth, winner at Colonial last week, shot 70, but didn't make many putts, while Day avoided his aggressive nature to try to catch Johnson on Thursday.
Day, a member at Muirfield Village, played in the afternoon as the clouds began to hover on the top. gather. He had three birdies and an eagle on the back and ended at 66. McIlroy, playing with Spieth, changed back to a conventional putting grip.
That helped only so much in his round of 71. The top three players have won five of the last seven majors and all three arrived here at the Memorial coming off victories. But Johnson hasn't won since Doral in 2015 despite 14 top-10 finishes since then.