Lahiri shoots 68 to finish T-71, stays on for 2nd leg of FedExCup Play-off
Paramus (US), Aug 27 (PTI) His putter working finally in the last round, Anirban Lahiri rounded off the week with three-under 68 to finish T-71 in the Northern Trust, the first of the four play-off events at the FedExCup.
The more important thing is he is still in Top-100 and stays around for the second leg in the coming week at Dell Technologies Championships, where he has a chance to make amends.
Last year Lahiri squeezed into the third leg at BMW, where he was in Top-10 but failed to get into Tour Championships.
Meanwhile, Bryson DeChambeau, starting with a four-shot lead, never let anyone come closer than two shots to card two-under 69 and finally win by four shots over Tony Finau.
It also moved DeChambeau to the top of the FedExCup standings and close to being assured of one of the top five seeds at the TOUR Championship who have a shot at the USD 10 million bonus. Cameron Smith and Billy Horschel are tied for 3rd at 13 under.
Tiger Woods, coming off a second place finish at the PGA Championship, closed with a 70 and signed off tied 40th. He finished the week four-under 280 with rounds of 71-71-68-70 and he was 14 behind DeChambeau.
On the final day, Lahiri hit 11 of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens in regulation and did not miss anything within 10 feet. He finished tied 71st at one-over. He came precariously close to being out of 100 as he ended the week in 97th place on FedExCup.
At the 190-yard par-3 second, Anirban Lahiri hit a tee shot 172 yards at the green, setting himself up for the eight-foot putt for birdie. That was his only birdie in the first 11 holes.
On par-4 12th hole Lahiri reached the green in 2 and sunk a 12-foot putt for birdie to get to 2-under. He also birdied the par-5 626-yard 13th hole. He reached the green in three and sunk a 19-foot putt for birdie and got to three-under.
Another birdie on par-5 17th, with a 13-foot birdie saw him get to four-under. He dropped his only shot on the 470-yard par-4 18th, getting on the green in 3 and two putting and ended 3-under 68.
DeChambeau, who now moves to No. 12 in the world, won for the second time this year. He will now hoping for a call from Jim Furyk for the Ryder Cup.
He narrowly missed earning one of the eight automatic spots for the US team when he missed the cut at the PGA Championship. Furyk makes three of his four captain's picks a week from Tuesday.
Ryan Palmer came into the FedExCup Playoffs at No. 100 with the top 100 advancing to the second stage next week at the TPC Boston.
Palmer delivered a 65 on Sunday highlighted by a wedge he holed for eagle on the par-5 third hole. He tied for fifth, along with Aaron Wise (67) and Adam Scott (69), and moved to No. 50, which should assure him a berth even into the third playoff event