SPORT-GOLF-LAHIRI 2 LAST

first_imgLahiri did have a massive high when his 40-footer dropped Lahiri did have a massive high when his 40-footer dropped for birdie on Par-4 seventh. “That 40-footer on the seventh was a bit of a bonus. It was one of those things, when you are trying to lag the putt for a two-putt and it just went in,” he said. That incidentally was one of the toughest holes on Saturday. Though Lahiri did have one birdie off a par-five (the second), he said, “I have not scored off the par-fives the way I should have. He has had just one birdie on a par-five in three rounds and dropped three bogeys.” If Spieth wins, he will be the first player to win back-to-back Masters since Tiger Woods (2001-2002) and if Langer wins he would be the oldest and in case the title goes to Matsuyama, he will be the first Asian to do so. And if Kaufman emerges as the man with the Green Jacket, he will be the first-timer wearing it since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979. However, with Jason Day, Danny Willett and Dustin Johnson packed together at even par, and Soren Kjeldsen, Brandt Snedeker and Lee Westwood clubbed together at one-over, no less than 10 players are within four shots off the lead. And yes, Rory McIlroy (77) is tied 11th with Daniel Berger (74) at two-over, which means five behind Spieth. Of the other two Asian Tour stars, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (77) slipped up right at the end and Thongchai Jaidee (81) was totally off colour in the third round. Kiradech, who was in sight of a top-10, dropped from overnight Tied-8th to Tied-23rd after a closing double bogey on 18th. Thongchai, the highest ranked among the Asian Trio, was battered by the brutal weather and ended with nine-over 81 that had seven bogeys and a double on the closing hole the 18th. He fell from Tied-42nd to Tied-54th and he 13-over for the tournament. Just like the first day, Kiradech had four bogeys on the front nine on first, fifth, sixth and eighth. But this time there was no recovery on the backstretch. He bogeyed 10th to go five-over. Birdies on 13th and 14th suggested a revival, but a double bogey on 18th ended those hopes. Kiradech said, “The weather conditions and wind were very tough and also the pin position was not easy at all. Maybe I can improve my position on Sunday. I have enjoyed the Masters and hopefully I will try to be back again. PTI Cor AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more