Anirban Lahiri of India credited a career-low round of 5-under 67 at the Players Championship to adding 3.5 grams of weight to his irons ahead of the PGA Tour’s flagship tournament.
Lahiri produced a stunning eagle with two, four birdies and one bogey at TPC Sawgrass to finish one stroke back from clubhouse leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Tom Hoge on a weather-stricken Thursday, who had to endure a four-hour 15-minute suspension due to thunderstorms.
What was especially pleasing was the fact that the Indian finished his round in near dark to be able to sleep in on Friday morning. Sixty-nine of the 72 players in the morning session completed the first round and 60 of the 72 players in the afternoon golf started the first round on Thursday (none completed).
The first round will resume on Friday at 7:15 am.
“It feels really good,” Lahiri smiled.
“It was fun making some of the momentum putts. Obviously a big bonus if you see a ball disappear from the middle of the fairway. That was really fun at six. I think today’s round was very close to how I’ve played for the past few weeks. The only difference was I managed to keep it clean, and a couple of times I got out of position I managed to save par. It is very satisfying. I’ve been working hard to clean up my game, so it was nice to see it come together. †
The demanding Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass has proven to be a bogey venue for Lahiri. In five appearances with the Players, he has missed four cuts and finished in a tie for 74th in 2019. He has also been disappointed with his form all season as he has missed seven cuts in 12 starts and is tied for 40th for his best result.
The pieces fell into place on his first lap and he attributed the added weight to his irons as a key difference. “I think the biggest difference was that we made a change to the irons this week. I changed the weight and the irons were my weak link, and they came out much better. I feel like my confidence is improving, which is really positive,” said Lahiri, who is looking for a first win on the PGA Tour in what is his seventh season in the US.
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