Anirban slips to tied-20th in Olympics as Xander Schaufelle grabs lead

Anirban slips to tied-20th in Olympics as Xander Schaufelle grabs lead

Anirban Lahiri posted a decent even-par 71 through sixteen holes in the second round but failed to maintain his place inside the top-10 at the Olympic men’s golf competition on Friday.

Sixteen players, including Anirban, will play their remaining holes tomorrow before the commencement of the third-day game as the second day was suspended due to inclement weather.

Lahiri, who started his Olympics campaign with a solid 67, witnessed a rollercoaster kind of round to slip from overnight tied-8th to tied-20th position in Tokyo.

The 34-year-old Lahiri made bogey on the second hole, with a birdie on the sixth; he again made birdie on the tenth but shot a bogey on the thirteenth to end a stressed day somewhere near many top players.

World No. 5 Xander Schauffelle played a stunning round of 8-under 63 to grab the halfway lead at the magus opus event.

Schauffelle, who was outside the top-10 before the second round, made six birdies, two eagles, and two bogeys to claim the crown’s place.

Xander Schaufelle
Xander Schaufelle

The Mexican golfer Carlos Ortiz grabbed the place behind the leader with a one-shot gap.

Udayan Mane, the second Indian in the men’s circle, had a better second round compared to his opening day, which dropped him at the last position.

He carded 2-under 69 in the second round to make a slight jump at the leaderboard but is still nine strokes off the lead.

A pack of four golfers, including the 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama were three shots back at the tied-3rd position.

The pre-favourite Rory McIlroy shot 5-under in his second round to secure tied-7th position heading into the weekend action.