Anirban Lahiri became the only Indian golfer to make the cut at the Le National at the Alstom Open de France thanks mainly to a good score in the first round.
Average performance from Anirban Lahiri
The Indian golfer, who had a disappointing outing at the US Open last month, scored two-under 69 in the first round and a 77 in the second. With a total of four-over 146, Lahiri seemed destined to be knocked out, but the Golfing Gods smiled on Lahiri and he managed to hang on.
After his promising finish to the first round, Lahiri was tied for the fifth spot. If it was not for his bogey and a double bogey in the round, Lahiri would have had an even stronger finish. However, he slipped all the way down to 56th in the overall standings after the 2nd round.
Elsewhere, Shiv Kapur and Jeev Milkha Singh failed to make the cut. Kapur finished his first round with 75 and had the same score in the second round as well. Jeev, on the other hand, scored 76 in the first round along with a 74 in the second. These finishes meant early exits for both the Indian golfers leaving Anirban Lahiri as the lone Indian representative in the tournament.
On top of the leaderboard, Rafa Cabrera-Bello shared the midway lead with Victor Dubuisson and Martin Kaymer. Bello and Dubuisson had 68 in the first round and 70 in the second while Kaymer had 70 in both the rounds.
Lahiri will be looking to step up his game in the coming rounds as he needs to bounce back from the US Open disappointment.