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Lahiri tees for last regular event of season at Wyndham C'ships


Press Trust of India Greensboro (USA)
Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri plays his final event of the regular season of the 2018-19 PGA Tour when he tees up at the Wyndham Championship here on Thursday.
It is the final event for players to collect points to advance to the FedExCup play-offs. But Lahiri, who is languishing way down in the 178th place, will need to finish second or better to get into next week's play-offs which begin with the Northern Trust event.
Lahiri, who has had a rather lean season, has managed only one Top-10 this season at the OHL Mayakoba Golf Classic late last year. His other top results have been T-22 at Zurich Classic and T-30 at Valspar.
This week, Lahiri tees off with Michael Thompson and Patrick Rogers at 8.40 am from the tenth tee.
Missing from the Wyndham field will be former champion Arjun Atwal, who has lost his card, and has not got into the field this week.
Lahiri, who has not won a title since his 2015 Hero Indian Open, has plans to play the KornFerry final series of three events to try and get back his PGA Tour card for 2019-20 season.
He will need to finish in Top-25 of the total prize money from those three events to get the Tour card.
After two weeks of strong fields at The Open Championship and the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational, the field is understandably weaker.
Yet the likes of Jordan Spieth, Webb Simpson, Hideki Matsuyama, Billy Horschel, Paul Casey, Cam Smith, Matthew Wolff, Lucas Bjerregaard, Collin Morikawa, Viktor Hovland, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and defending champ Brandt Snedeker will be teeing off in North Carolina at the Sedgefield CC.
The Sedgefield features eight-par 4s measuring between 400 and 450 yards and a pair of par 5s reachable by the entire field and they can offer eagle chances.
After rookie Matthew Wolff got his breakthrough at 3M and then Collin Morikawa followed it with a victory at the Barracuda Championship, it now seems Viktor Hovland will look for his chance.
Hovland has been playing well and hit a lot of fairways in his past rounds.

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First Published: Jul 31 2019 | 7:30 PM IST

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