Anirban Lahiri records strong finish at Bermuda Championship golf

A final round 67 ensured that Lahiri ended just one place outside the top ten, giving him the second-best finish this season.

By Rahul Venkat

Veteran Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri recorded his best round on Sunday on the PGA Tour’s Bermuda Championship to finish tied-11th.

It was the Indian golfer’s second-best finish of the season after a tied-sixth effort at the Corales Championship in September.

Lahiri, who had mastered the windy conditions before the weekend to comfortably make the cut, had followed it up with six birdies in the third round. And the Rio 2016 Olympian peaked in the final round.

Lahiri began the fourth round on Sunday with two birdies in the opening four holes and sunk another on the par-5 seventh but ended the front nine with a bogey.

The back part of the course saw the Indian golfer consistently make par before he carded a fourth birdie of the day on the par-4 15th.

Though Lahiri followed it up with a bogey on the 16th, he kept his nerves to end the day on a high with consecutive birdies on the final two holes to end the round with a four-under 67, giving him an aggregate score of 10-under.

Moreover, Lahiri’s 21 birdies at the event were the best of any player on the field, highlighting the steady progress the Indian golfer had made with each passing event.

“Happy with the consistency this week. I made too many small errors on and around the greens that added up to hurt me enough. Disappointed not to finish in the top-10,” Lahiri lamented later.

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri dreams of representing his country at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

Brian Gay triumphs in playoff

American golfer Brian Gay ended a seven-year wait for a PGA Tour title as he prevailed in a playoff against countryman Wyndham Clark at the Bermuda Championship. The 48-year-old Gay’s last title had come at the 2013 Humana Challenge, another event which incidentally he had won in a playoff.

Gay and Clark had finished with an identical 15-under after four rounds.

Clark, who held the 36-hole lead for the first time on the Tour and was up by three strokes on the back nine of the final round, was unable to putt for birdies. It allowed Gay back into the game.

The momentum was with Gay going into the playoff and the 48-year-old duly birdied the first hole to claim his fifth PGA Tour title.