Punta Cana (Dominican Republic), September 27
Anirban Lahiri shot his best round on the PGA Tour since 2018, producing a bogey-free 8-under 64 that catapulted him into the top-10 after 54 holes in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship.
A chat with his coach, Vijay Divecha, on iron play which he felt needed work, helped Lahiri reap rich dividends. Lahiri added a 64 to his earlier rounds of 69-72 to get to 11-under. He rose from overnight tied-54th to tied-2nd but with others finishing later he was tied-7th by the end of the day.
Sharma finishes 64th; Catlin wins by 2 shots
Ballymena (N Ireland): India’s Shubhankar Sharma finished tied-64th after shooting a 1-over 71 in the final round of the Irish Open. Sharma had carded a 6-over 76 in Round 3. He finished at 11-over. USA’s John Catlin finished at 10-under to win the title by two strokes.
Adam Long (64) was 17-under and two clear of Hudson Swafford (69) at 15-under.
India’s other star in the field, Arjun Atwal, added a 69 to his earlier rounds of 73-68. He is 6-under and tied-36, up from overnight T-54.
“It was great, especially nice to have a clean card,” Lahiri said. “I’ve made a bunch of silly errors over the last two days and I’ve been playing better than my score would suggest, so I knew that I had to come out and kind of tighten up, focus a little bit more. Hit my irons a lot better today, put some work yesterday afternoon and I’m glad it paid off,” he added.
Lahiri realised he was driving well but not hitting the irons as well he ought to and give himself chances for birdies. After a chat with his coach, Lahiri put in some work with the irons after the second round.
“I’ve been driving it great all week. I’ve driven it really, really well, so if you do that right, then the only thing left is to hit the greens and I haven’t quite done justice with a lot of my irons and my wedges. Just had a little grind session yesterday, chatted with my coach and just got back to basics and felt a lot more comfortable today. Once I hit a few good ones, it was easy to get into a good rhythm.” — PTI