CIMB Classic: Anirban Lahiri Moves Up the Leaderboard

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Indian Golfer Anirban Lahiri will need a miracle to challenge for the CIMB Classic title as he is tied for 21st after 36 holes.Anirban-Lahiri

Lahiri, who earlier won the Malaysian Open at the same venue, had a five-under 67 on Friday. The front nine saw Lahiri strike home an eagle and two birdies but soon his momentum went into a downward spiral.

“I hit a good drive. Anything on that fairway is good. It was just an in between number between my four and 5-iron. So I just decided to kind of hit a low 5-iron and try and run it up that slope and I hit it absolutely perfect, obviously, nice to tap that in and be 4-under after 4. That’s 4-under after 5, that’s the kind of start you’re looking for,” he said after the day’s action.

Anirban Lahiri Eight Shots behind leader

Lahiri, is currently at seven-under 137 and is eight shots behind the leader Justin Thomas. Brendan Steele is just one shot behind Thomas with 67 and 63 from the first two rounds whereas Spencer Levin and Hideki Matsuyama are closely behind as well. Lahiri would need a spectacular weekend to be in contention for the title and he will be looking for just the same.

SSP Chawrasia, who is the other Indian representation in the tournament, had a forgettable day when he had a round of two-over 74.

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