Lahiri through, Chawrasia crashes out
Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri went through with a strong performance at the Porsch European Open in Germany on Saturday. The rain-hit and curtailed tournament saw Lahiri notch up a successive three under 69. Anirban, making a return after a five week hiatus is now tied 33rd at six under in the overall standings.
Foggy and unplayable conditions nearly played spoilsport as a loss of 2 and a half days was registered. Thereafter, the organisers cut down the tournament to 54 holes. Frenchman Alexander Levy now leads the tally with an exceptional performance. He has raked up an incredible 17 under as the tournament moves on to Sunday.
While Lahiri put up a good show, another Indian golfer SSP Chawrasia crashed out. He disappointed with scores of 69 and 75 at Bad Griesbach. His bad run and struggle for form continues after having missed a series of cuts in recent starts.
In contrast to the final result, Chawrasia started well in the first round. He was tied with Lahiri in 25th position just 5 shots behind leader Bernd Weisberger, who finished 8-under on day one. However, things went haywire later on as he faltered badly. Meanwhile, Lahiri was hurt by bogeys on the 4th, 15th and the 18th holes.
The 28-year old Lahiri, who started the year well by being inside the top 50 has now dropped to 86. A good performance in the ongoing Porsch European Open will go a long way in restoring his confidence. His last appearance on the European Tour was the Hero Indian Open in March where he finished second behind Chawrasia.
As the tournament moves to the closing stages on Sunday, one hopes for a strong performance from Anirban Lahiri. This will not only propel him upwards in the final leaderboard but also rejuvenate his form after a long break. We at The Sportsrush, wish him all the best!
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