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Lahiri sizzles with 61, zooms to second place at Greenbrier

Press Trust of India  |  White Sulphur Springs (USA) 

India's Lahiri shot a sensational bogey-free nine-under 61 to get to 12-under 128 and stayed on top of the leaderboard at Classic till overtook him by one shot.

Lahiri, who turned 31 a week ago, has been steadily showing the kind of form that made him the 'to watch' when he first came to the in 2015.

In the time since, he has been close but could not get his maiden win.

Only PLAYERS Champion, Webb Simpson, who shot 61 on the first day and 67 on the second, has won a Tour title among the top half a dozen at the event, which is called 'A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier'.

Lahiri admitted he putted like a dream and had nine birdies. Starting from the 10th, he birdied his first three holes and added a fourth on 14th to be 4-under through six holes.

He also said he was a bit frustrated when he did not get any more for the next five holes. But then he again went on a spree with a hat-trick of birdies from second to fourth and two more on eighth and ninth. The eighth has been one of the toughest holes this week.

Lahiri said, "It was a perfect day to go out there and play. The greens were pure. We played in the afternoon yesterday, and they were starting to get a little bumpy. Obviously the rain and just being out early I was able to take advantage of the conditions."

Kraft shot a 7-under 63 in the second round to take a one-stroke edge over first-round and Lahiri. Kraft posted his career-best round of 63 at the Old White TPC and was 13-under 127. He is leading a event after 36 holes for the first time.

Lahiri has yet to make a bogey in his first trip to resort. He found just eight of 14 fairways but reached all 18 greens in regulation yesterday. Four of his nine birdies were putts of 18 feet or longer.

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First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 19:45 IST