Lahiri Makes a Name for Himself
Anirban Lahiri is hardly a household name on the east coast of Scotland but that might well change over the weekend after the Indian moved into contention at the halfway stage of The 144TH Open Championship at St Andrews.
Lahiri won twice on the European Tour at the start of the 2015 season in the Maybank Malaysian Masters and the Hero Indian Open but he was on a run of three missed cuts out of four before he arrived at the home of golf and rekindled his form with an opening three-under-par 69.
The 28 year-old from Bangalore – who speaks Bengali, Punjabi and English – started the second round in a share of 18TH place before proceeding to fire a flawless 70 to move into the top-ten.
It might have been even better but for a three-putt after driving the green on the Old Course’s 356-yard par-four closing hole.
“It was sad to end on that note,” admitted the Indian whose best Open finish to date came at Royal Lytham & St Annes where he finished 31ST behind Ernie Els. “It would have been nice to back up my 69 but there are a lot of positives I can take into tomorrow. I put myself in a lot of places where I could make par and I missed it in the right places. I played intelligently and that’s what you have to do round here.
“I was very patient and that was the key for my round today.”