Anirban Lahiri shot a brilliant 5-under-65 today in the opening round of the last WGC-Bridgestone at Akron, Ohio, to finish T-7, joined by Marc Leishman, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, and Kevin Na. In so doing he broke the record of the best score of 67 at WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by an Indian, a record set by himself in 2015.
Making the news was Tiger Woods who did not hold back with his round firing a strong 66, his best opening round in 1079 days, making him finish T-4 behind Lahiri, but dropping down to T-14th with surging Poulter who fired a bogey-free 62 to take a shot lead over Kyle Stanley and Rickie Fowler.
Poulter was misinformed about making it into he has made it to the Masters Tournament, after winning his round of 16 match over Louis Oosthuizen. Not long after, but prior to his quarterfinal match, he was told that there have been slight miscalculations and he still needs one more win to make it to the Masters. Pretty demoralizing message to receive just before heading out to your next match.
“It fires me up. I mean, it’s frustrating to look at,” he said.
“I actually thought I had a better finish than that, so it really annoyed me.
“For some reason, I thought I finished second, but I didn’t know how mistaken I was when I looked at all the numbers.
“I wrote them all down, they were that bad. I was like seriously, how can you play a good golf course this many times and not really have a result. Not to even finish in the top‑10 is pretty poor.”
Shubhankar Sharma, who recently made the limelight with a T-51 finish at The Open, which included a last hole birdie on the second day to make the cut. the day happened to be a day before his 22nd birthday making it even more interesting for the fans and himself.
Sharma posted 2-over-72 to share the 63rd spot on the board with Emiliano Grillo, with a round consisting two birdies and four bogeys, not a good start for the young lad, but he is known for his prowess in the second round, and we hope he makes it to the weekend.