Arjun Atwal, Anirban Lahiri make strong starts at Wyndham golf

The Indian golfers were placed in the top half of the leaderboard on a truncated opening day at North Carolina.

By Rahul Venkat

Indian golfers Arjun Atwal and Anirban Lahiri carded under-par first rounds to be tied-43rd and tied-67th respectively before play was suspended due to inclement weather on the opening day of the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championships on Thursday.

Arjun Atwal, who won the Wyndham Championships in 2010, his only PGA Tour title till date, does enjoy the course at the Sedgefield Country Club at North Carolina and he showed exactly why.

The Indian golfer started with two par holes before carding his first birdie on the par-3 third.

Arjun Atwal followed it up with another birdie on the fifth and although a bogey on the par-4 sixth cut his advantage to half, he regained it with another birdie on the eighth hole to record a two-under on the front nine.

The Indian golfer was placed as high as T-22 after carding two birdies in six holes on the back nine but a double-bogey on the par-4 17th hole pegged him back to tied-43rd.

Play was then suspended just before Atwal could line-up his shot on the final hole of the round.

Arjun Atwal will hope to challenge for a second Wyndham Championship title over the weekend

Lahiri on the money

Rio 2016 Olympian Anirban Lahiri was among the large group which was tied-67th behind compatriot Atwal, in what his first event back on the PGA Tour since its restart.

The 33-year-old Lahiri, starting on the 10th hole, enjoyed a bogey-free back nine, carding his first birdie on the par-5 15th to hold a one-shot advantage after the first half of the round.

The Indian golfer was even-par for the opening round after hitting his only bogey of the day on the par-4 second.

However, Lahiri quickly made amends with a birdie on the very next hole and kept it clean thereafter to end the round with one-under 69.

Anirban Lahiri was placed T-67 in his first event on the PGA Tour since the restart

Three tied at the top

American golfers Harold Varner III and Tom Hoge shared the joint lead of the first round with Canadian Roger Sloan as the trio carded career bests of eight-under 62.

Varner was the only one of the leaders to enjoy a bogey-free round as he hit eight birdies on the day.

Hoge could have taken the outright lead if not for his double-bogey and bogey on two of the final four holes while Sloan’s only bogey came on the last hole of the front nine.