Rio de Janeiro: India’s Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia had a topsy-turvy start to their campaign at the Rio Olympics as they carded a three-over 74 and even-par 71 respectively in the opening round of the golf competition here on Thursday.
Asian Tour No 1 Lahiri and Indian Open champion Chawrasia were tied 50th and tied 27th respectively on day one as golf returned to the Olympics after 112 years.
Lahiri dropped five bogeys against a couple of birdies, while Chawrasia’s four birdies were erased by his four bogeys as the duo found it difficult to tame the Olympic Golf Course here.
At the top, Australia’s Marcus Fraser fired a sizzling eight-under 63 to lead, followed by Canada’s Graham Delaet (66) and Thomas Pieters (67).
Lahiri did not have a good day in office as he started with a bogey and then stumbled on two more bogeys at the sixth and eighth holes to make the turn at three-over.
On resumption, Lahiri lost a couple of strokes at the 11th and 12th holes before he produced two birdies at the 15th and 18th holes to end the day on a positive note.
Chawrasia too had a topsy-turvy day as he picked up two birdies at the second and fifth holes before dropping a shot at the seventh to lie one-under after the front nine.
The Kolkata-born golfer had a disappointing back nine as he initially let the advantage slip with three bogeys at the 10th, 12th and 13th holes against a birdie at the 11th. But a birdie at the final 18th hole helped him end on an even-par.
Meanwhile, Marcus Fraser of Australia took the top spot with a stunning 63 while Canadian Graham Delaet and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson shared the second rung with identical scores of 66.
Justin Rose (67) of Britain made the first hole-in-one in Olympic history on an eventful opening morning before taking the joint fourth spot along with Thomas Pieters of Belgium, Frenchman Gregory Bourdy, Germany’s Alex Cejka and Rafael Cabrera of Spain.