Anirban Lahiri wastes the rolling start, finds himself T71 after the first lap | Golf News

DUBLIN, OH: After getting off to a flying start with three birdies on his first six holes, Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri surrendered the gains to finish two of 74 in the first round of the Memorial Tournament here.
Lahiri’s 74 put him in the danger zone in terms of the cup as he was placed T-71 and needed a strong second round to secure the weekend action.
No less than six players were tied for the lead at 5-under 67.
The six were Cameron Young, Luke List, Cameron Smith, KH Lee, Mackenzie Hughes and David Riley, who is having a great run in his rookie season.
It was a day to forget for 2014 Memorial Tournament champion Hideki Matsuyama after the Japanese star was disqualified for using an improper club in violation of Equipment Standards Rule 4.c(3).
Lahiri, who hit 11 of 18 greens in the regulation tee from the tenth, birdied the 11th, 13th and 15th to go three under. Then he ran out of birdies. He committed a bogey in the 16th and a double bogey in the 18th after receiving a penalty as he entered the right of departure.
On the back nine, he parried first through seventh, then dropped shots on the eighth and ninth as he missed par 11- and seven-foot putts. He also missed a 10-foot birdie putt in the seventh.
In-form Korean star KH Lee has lined up for a second PGA TOUR win in a month after posting a splendid 5-under 67.
Lee’s 67 tied his lowest round at the $12 million showpiece, which is hosted by legend Jack Nicklaus and is one of the PGA TOUR’s three high tournaments. It’s also the third time in his career that he’s held the 18-hole lead/co-lead.

Michael C. Ford