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Lahiri finishes Tied-7th at Korn Ferry

Press Trust of India  |  Columbus (Ohio) 

Two bogeys on the back-nine pegged Anirban Lahiri back but the top Indian golfer still finished Tied-seventh at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship, the first of the three events in the Korn Ferry Series Finals.

He finished the final round on Sunday at one-under 70, his fourth straight below-par round.

Lahiri totalled eight-under 276, after having reached 10-under at one stage, but bogeys on the 14th and 16th on the tougher closing stretch saw him fall back to one-under for the day and eight-under for the week.

Meanwhile, Scottie Scheffler won the title after posting a final-round 4-under 67 and a total of 12-under 272.

A trio including Brendon Todd, Beau Hossler and Ben Taylor finished two strokes back at 10-under 274.

Defending champion Robert Streb and third round co-leader Brandon Hagy finished tied for fifth at 9-under 275.

Lahiri birdied the first and fifth and dropped a shot on second on the opening nine and then added birdies on 10th and 13th, but dropped shots on 14th and 16th pulled him back.

"Overall, I played fine this week and Sunday was no different. However, I did not drive too well on Sunday, though my iron play was on point, the short game was good and putting decent.

"The key was that I missed opportunities on the par-5s. Primarily I put myself in fairway bunkers on couple of occassions and you can't hit it there if you want take advantage of them," said Lahiri.

"One of the issues was that our group was put on the clock. I didn't have much time over shots. With such conditions, one needed to take a little time, but that's not an excuse. I should have taken time. It cost me on 14th and 16th.

"On 14th I hit it behind a tree and didn't have a shot and on 16th, I hit into a pot bunker in fairway. I was in no place so that did not help.

Still he was optimistic about the next two weeks.

" I am quite happy that the areas I worked on with Vijay Divecha (coach) at the end of summer are working out. It was good to be out there in the hunt and I learnt a lot."

Lahiri is trying to finish in Top-25 of the money list of the three Korn Ferry Tour Final list for a PGA card.

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First Published: Mon, August 19 2019. 20:15 IST