Anirban Lahiri opens with a solid 67 at Tokyo Olympics
The star Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri started his Olympics campaign with a solid 4-under 67 to claim a tied-7th position at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.
Anirban, who is representing India for the second successive time, made six birdies against two bogeys in his first round at the Olympics - the Magnus opus of all sporting events.
Lahiri, who arrived in Tokyo with a fantastic tied-third performance at the PGA Tour, seems fired up to do something for his country.
Anirban, 34, said in an interview yesterday that he is not playing for himself but for his country, his motherland.
We may now strive for a medal for India in the Olympic men's golf competition, based on the confidence he expressed in his statements and a great first round.
Austria’s Sepp Straka grabbed the first-round lead after carding a flawless 8-under 63.
Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Jazz Janewattananond claimed a place behind the leader at 7-under 64.
The other Indian playing in the Olympics, Udayan Mane had a horrible round one in which he shot 76 to sit five shots behind the leader at t position.
He finished his first nine with a decent 1-under score but later made two double bogeys one bogey to end his day one game at the last position on the leaderboard.
Justin Thomas, the highest-ranked golfer among the competitors, carded an even-par 71 in the first round to secure tied-41st position.
The notable golfers such as Xander Schauffelle, Victor Hovland, Patrick Reed, alongwith five others, ended their first day run at the tied-12th position.
While Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa, and Hideki Matsuyama shot 2-under 69 and shared the tied-20th place with eight others.