Anirban Lahiri starts with fine 4-under 68 in Barbasol, placed tied 31

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By PTI

NICHOLASVILLE: India’s Anirban Lahiri fired a fine 4-under 68 despite a closing double bogey after a trip into the lake in the first round of Barbasol Championship, a PGA Tour event played in the same week as The Open in UK.

Lahiri was tied 31 on a day when play was stopped twice due to dangerous weather conditions and finally suspended owing to darkness with 30 players yet to complete their first round.

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Brian Stuard led the field with 6-under 64 and he was followed by nine players at 7-under 65 with three more at 7-under with a few more holes to play.

Interestingly Stuard’s lone win on the PGA Tour came in a weather-shortened 54-hole Zurich Classic in 2016.

Lahiri opened in style with birdies on first and third, but had a bogey in between.

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While the Indian found only 50 per cent of the fairways he did get to the greens on 12 of the 18.

After an 8-foot birdie on the first, he had a bogey on the second, but rolled in a nice birdie from just under 10 feet on the third.

Then came the super stretch with three birdies and an eagle from 8th to 11th.

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Lahiri reached the green in three and sank a 10-foot putt for birdie on the 567-yard par-5 eighth hole to get to 2-under.

At the par-3 ninth, Lahiri hit his tee shot 191 yards to the green and rolled a 30-foot putt for birdie and rose to 3-under.

He followed up with another birdie on 10th.

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On 11th, a great tee shot followed by a fine approach he was 21 feet from the cup and he rolled it in for an eagle and moved to 6-under with seven holes to go on a golf course yielding low scores.

Six pars later he went into the water with his second shot on Par-4 18th and took a penalty.

Hitting his fourth from the rough he also missed a bogey putt from eight feet to finish with a bitter double at the finish.

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Defending champion Jim Herman opened with a 5-under 67.

Other notable scores included Jason Dufner (67), Josh Teater (69), Hudson Swafford (70), John Daly (76).

Monday Qualifier Bobby Bai posted a bogey-free 6-under 66.

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