On the third day of the Players Championship, Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri stole the center stage by taking a one-shot lead in the rain-delayed PGA Tour event.
Lahiri, who started with a blistering 5-under 67, made a little disappointing 1-over 73 at the challenging conditions at the TPC Swaggers in Florida.But he bounced back with six birdies against a single bogey thru 11 holes to claim the crown’s place before the the play was suspended due to darkness.
Our star golfer continues to impress all with his determined approach to grab a one-shot lead at the star-studded event, where most of the high-prolific golfers missed the cut, including Jason Day (69-78), Cameron Young (71-77), Colleen Morikawa (73-75), Justin Rose (69-79), Patrick Cantlay (72-77), Jordan Spieth (72-79), Tony Finau (76-75), and Brooks Koepka (72-81).
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Tom Hoge and Harold Varner III shared the tied-2nd, while the lowest score before the halt was secured by the Columbian golfer Munoz Sebastian, who in 14 holes shot 6-under.
Anirban got off to a good start in the difficult circumstances, making five birdies on the opening nine holes. He then bogeyed the par-4 10th hole but recovered with his sixth birdie of the day on the par-5 11th hole to sit on the top spot.
No. 1 in the world After the torrential rains, Jon Rahm appeared bewildered on the course, shooting 3-under 141 in two days and 1-over through 12 holes in the third round to tie for 38th.
The play will resume early on Monday morning. Players will first complete their remaining third-round game, followed by the final round’s 18 holes.
The winner of this event will not only get a whopping $3.6 million but a three-year exemption to the Masters, U.S and the Open Championship.