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Anirban Lahiri misses halfway cut in British Open golf

Anirban Lahiri failed to make it to the final two rounds at the 147th British Open on Friday.

other sports Updated: Jul 21, 2018 19:03 IST
Joy Chakravarty
Joy Chakravarty
Hindustan Times, Carnoustie
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Anirban Lahiri of India hitting a shot during his second round of British Open golf Championship at Carnoustie.(AFP)

Anirban Lahiri was left utterly disappointed by his Open Championship campaign in Carnoustie after making just one birdie in 36 holes and missing the halfway cut on Friday.

The 31-year-old Indian ace was coming into the championship, which he was playing for an Indian record sixth time, in fine form, but did not have the right preparation this week for various reasons and it showed on the golf course.

A second-round three-over par 74 took his two-day tally to eight-over par 150, five shots adrift of the cut mark.

Lahiri could get in only one-and-a-half rounds of practice, mostly because of the mattress in his rented house. Its softness led to troubled sleep and a tightness in his back, which forced him to cancel practice on Monday. In Thursday’s opening round, it led to several errant shots.

“It was just 36 holes of drought really. I felt like I hit a lot of greens today, but I don’t think I hit a single one-putt. My average putts per greens in regulation was over two a green. So, yeah, it’s very disappointing,” said Lahiri, who is ranked 104th in the world.

“I’ve obviously been playing well. I still feel like I’m not playing badly, but I guess my game just didn’t show up this week.

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“I’ve just been clueless on these greens unfortunately, and that’s surprising because I’ve been putting really well; just haven’t come to terms with the surfaces this week. A lot of putts that I thought were good ended up being far from them.

“And this is the kind of golf course where you have to try and take advantage of the first six or seven holes. There are a lot of wedges and opportunities. Quite honestly, I never did that.”

Lahiri will play the World Golf Championship Bridgestone Invitational next and knows what he needs to do before that.

“(I’ll) probably get home and get some rest before I tee it up at Bridgestone; probably prepare a little better this week. I felt underprepared with everything that went on this week,” he added, having shifted from the house to a hotel mid-way through the tournament.

“I know it’s not an excuse but it shouldn’t happen during major weeks; but it did. So I’ve got to deal with it and make sure it doesn’t happen the next time I’m here for The Open.

“There were a lot of errors that were avoidable. You can’t get upset. It’s obviously not ideal. It’s not what you want. It’s funny, but this morning, when I woke up, both my wife and I were like, oh, this is how we should feel on a Tuesday. But it’s Friday already, and the week’s already gone.

“It’s like the first part of the week felt like a blur, and that’s a good mental state. If I describe the first three days of the week like a blur, then, obviously, I haven’t absorbed much, and it showed.

“I still feel like I want to get another go at this golf course. I really like it, but probably have to wait a decade or so (for the next Open at Carnoustie).”

First Published: Jul 21, 2018 19:03 IST