Anirban Lahiri sits 1 shot off the lead after strong opening round at Players Championship

Anirban Lahiri sits 1 shot off the lead after strong opening round at Players Championship

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri made his presence felt with a solid 5-under 67 at the star-studded Players Championship.

The lone Indian in the field, Lahiri, had a pretty impressive first-round, in which he scored a sublime 67 with the help of four birdies and an eagle against a single bogey to end his day one campaign at tied for third place.

Englishman Tommy Fleetwood and Tom Hoge of America both carded a matching 6-under 66s to share the first-round lead at the PGA Tour $20,000,000 prize money event.

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Anirban Lahiri sits 1 shot off the lead after strong opening round at Players Championship
Tommy Fleetwood and Tom Hoge

Lahiri, who is seeking his first win on PGA Tour, started his journey from the tenth tee and witnessed a steady first nine-hole game, in which he shot two birdies against a bogey on the 17th for a 1-under 35.

The 34-year-old then opened his final nine-hole proceedings with an even-par on 1st hole followed by a brilliant birdie on the second and three consecutive pars on the 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Anirban Lahiri sits 1 shot off the lead after strong opening round at Players Championship
Anirban Lahiri

Lahiri then impressed everyone with a great shot that resulted in an eagle on the par-4 sixth hole, giving him the platform to enter into contention, and with a par-birdie-par, Lahiri finished day one with a strong total of 5-under 67.

Three other players, Kramer Hickok, Keith Mitchell and Joaquin Niemann, joined Lahiri entering the second round.

Amongst the top-six after round one, Kramer Hickok was the only player in the top six who didn't commit a single error and had a bogey-free day at work.

The pre-tournament favourite and current World No.1 Jon Rahm, after carding a decent to solid 3-under 69 was at tied-11th.

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