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Lahiri placed well at two off the lead

Press Trust of India  |  Columbus (Ohio) 

Anirban Lahiri put himself in an excellent position to make a charge for his first win on American soil as he was two shots away from the leaders at the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship.

Lahiri carded three-under 68 to get to seven-under 209 and is Tied-sixth, while co-leader Jos de Jess Rodrguez and Brandon Hagy share the 54-hole lead at 9-under 204.

Three players Ben Martin, Scottie Scheffler and Scott Harrington are at 8-under 205 in Tied-third.

Lahiri, who was Tied-ninth after second round, had a much better day off the tees though he missed a couple of short putts inside six feet.

Lahiri parred first three holes, before picking birdies on fourth and sixth, both Par-5s, but in between he dropped a shot on fifth. Another birdie on ninth saw him turn in twi-under for the day.

On the back nine, he bogeyed 10th and 14th, both of which were three-putts despite reaching the hard greens in regulation. He birdied Par-5 12th and also had birdies on 13th and 15th.

The card could have been slightly better had he made the two six footers he missed yet again like the second round.

"I played much better than yesterday though there were couple of threeputts. I still struggled a bit from inside six feet, because at certain places there is not much grass. So it breaks a little more at time, or breaks a little less," Lahiri said.

"The negative thing I would say was that the both bogeys on back nine were three-putts after reaching the greens in regulation. But I did make a couple of 20-footers so that evens out, said Lahiri, who is looking to end his four year title drought.

His last win was the Hero Indian Open on home turf in 2015.

On his plan for final round, he said, "I will do my homework when pins come out and figure out strategy as to which holes or pins to figure to be aggressive on. The key is to put yourself in position and yesterday (second round) I didn't do that."

"So, step 1 is to put yourself in position and then be aggressive. Once you reach the 12th, the last of easy birdie holes, then the last six are tough. Can go either way. I want to be within touching distance and be right in the mix when the heat picks up on the last six holes."


The 28-year-old Hagy, who had a wrist fracture in early 2018 and missed five months of golf, began his third round with pars on his first three holes. Birdies on par-5 fourth and par-4 seventh were followed by a bogey on the par-3 eighth but he rebounded with a birdie on ninth.

He was at 9-under and on back nine he had one birdie against one bogey to tied for the lead at 9-under.

The 28-year-old Jos de Jess Rodrguez fired 6-under 65 to reach 9-under after starting the day in T-17. He birdied his opening three holes, bogeyed Par-3 fifth but birdied sixth.

He continued strongly carding birdies on Nos. 10 and 12 and added his seventh birdie of the day on his final hole to get to 9-under for a share of the lead.

Sharing sixth place with Lahiri are Jamie Arnold, Beau Hossler, Ben Taylor and Viktor Hovland at 7-under 206.

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First Published: Sun, August 18 2019. 16:45 IST
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