Chowrasia, Lahiri off to uneven start in Olympic golf

Chowrasia, Lahiri off to uneven start in Olympic golf

NetIndian News Network

Rio de Janeiro, August 12, 2016

Anirban Lahiri failed to capitalize on the depleted field and  opened his campaign in the sport which is making its debut in the mega  event with 3 over 74 in the opening round of golf at the Olympics here on Thursday.
Another Indian in the fray, Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia  carded par score of 71 to be  clubbed at tied-27th in the 60-strong field.
Anirban finished the first round tied 50th, while Bangladesh's Siddikur Rahman shot 4-over 75.
Australian Marcus Fraser, with a sizzling 8-under 63 led the field while Canadian Graham De Laet and 2016 Open Championship winner Henrik Stenson of Sweden shared the second place with identical 5-under 66.
Kolkata-based Chawrasia opened his front nine well, shooting birdies on 2nd and the 5th, and that enabled him to hog the spotlight for a brief period as he figured among the top 10 of the leader board for some time.
However, a bogey each on the par-four 7th and the par-five 10th  dented his round.  As if that was enough, he again lost shots on the 12th and the 13th, though he did card a birdie each on the 10th and the 18th.
Lahiri, who had teed off earlier than Chawrasia alongside Bubba Watson of USA and Germany's Martin Kaymer, had a tough time over the first 12 holes, shooting five bogeys over them.
The Indian  had his first birdie at the 15th and he ended his first round by firing another birdie on the 18th.
Chawrasia will tee off for his second round on Friday at 5:22 pm IST, while Lahiri will start at 7:29 pm IST.
Bangaldesh's first Olympian golfer Siddikur  Rahman, who directly  qualified for the event, began his front nine well, scoring birdies on the par-five 5th and the par-three 8th, but endured a poor back nine, with five bogeys between the 11th and the 16th, that saw his challenge getting a hit  towards the end. He will begin the second round tied-56th.