Lahiri shoots 61 for T-2nd at the Greenbrier Classic
Anirban Lahiri is having quite a good time on the PGA Tour, coming with two recent Top-10 finishes, he fired a career-low round of 61 on Friday at the Old White TPC. Lahiri’s previous best stood at 63 which he made at The European Masters in 2013, to lead with two-strokes over the Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain and Englishmen Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood in a three-way tie for second.
Lahiri shot 67 on Day 1 and added it with 61 on Friday to reach T-2 on the board with Webb Simpson, who shot a 61 in the opening round here. They both shared the lead for few hours before Kelly Kraft came and charged up to the leaderboard with his 63, taking a shot lead over the duo at 13-under-127.
Lahiri’s second consecutive bogey-free round consisted of nine birdies, five on the front and four on the back nines, starting with three birdies on his first four holes.
Kelly Kraft, the leader achieved his first career 36-hole lead with a career-low of 63, last time he made news was when he hit a bird with his tee-shot at the 50th RBC Heritage, at the Harbor Town Golf Links, South Carolina, and later blamed the bird for him missing the cut with a stroke, and later PETA notified Kraft and the PGA Tour to take precautions and actions with these type of accidents on the Tour.
“That was nice, especially because I had it rolling,” Kraft said. “I didn’t want to come off the golf course. I was hitting everything pretty close, and to go in and sit and get cold, it’s happened to me before, it just seems like most of the time you don’t come out as hot as you were.
“So, fortunately, today we got a little lucky with the weather and I was able to kind of continue my good play.”
Kraft has never had a 36-hole lead, all by himself, but he did finish fifth at the last year’s Greenbrier Classic.
The defending champion Xander Schauffele jumped just a spot up with another 66 on Friday to a T-8 and joined Tyler Duncan, Kevin Na, Joaquin Niemann, Austin Cook, Ollie Schniederjans, Billy Hurley III, and Joel Dahmen at 8-under 132.
Its all set for two more days, and will be interesting if Lahiri can become only the second Indian to ever win on the PGA Tour, which is quite important for the nation with over a billion population, and too less of representation in the International Sports.