Anirban Lahiri was the lone bright spot on an otherwise disappointing day for the Indians at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters on Thursday. Lahiri added an even par 71 to his first round 69 to stay at two-under for the tournament to be tied sixth.
He was three shots behind provisional leader Namchaok Tantipokakul of Thailand, who was five-under, but has three holes to play in the second round. Overnight leader Airil Rizman of Malaysia kept the early halfway lead as weather disrupted play on the second day at the demanding Seri Selangor Golf Club.
Lahiri seemed to be steady at one-under for the front nine, before bogeys on 11th, 13th and 14th derailed him. He did have birdies on the 15th and 17th, to finish at 71.
Rahil Gangjee (75) at four-over 146, Gaganjeet Bhullar (74) and Gaurav Pratap Singh (72) at five-over seemed to be the only ones with a chance of making the cut, which was likely at 147.
Lahiri, looking for his maiden win on the Asian tour, said, “It's a tough course. You just have to find your way around it. It's my third year here and I've got a bit of knowledge now and it's probably helping me a bit.” On the season so far, Lahiri added, “I didn't play too well in the first half of the year but it's picked up in the last few months. I'm focussing better.”
Airil, the overnight leader, endured a mixed bag of one eagle, two birdies, three bogeys and one double for a one-over-par 72 to hold the clubhouse lead on four-under-par 138.
Play was suspended for two hours due to a lightning storm in the early afternoon.
Sharmila opens up a huge lead
Sharmila Nicollet opened an eight-shot lead with one more round to go in the first leg of the Hero Honda Women’s Professional Golf Tour of India. Nicollet, 19, shot a superb sub-par round of one-under 71, the first sub-par round in this event at the 6,308 yard on Thursday.
She is eight shots ahead of her nearest rival, Pallavi Jain, who is now seven-over for 36 holes. One shot behind her is Nalini Singh Siwach (eight-over 152). Despite the sun being out, the wind was strong and continued to pick speed, so much so that on the 8th hole saw many players fading the ball unintentionally. Sharmila lucky to chip out from a difficult position on the right side under the pine trees to manage a par.