Following an impressive performance at the Augusta Masters, Anirban Lahiri seems to be determined to assert his presence at the highest level in Golf. His debut at the World Golf Championship in San Francisco got off to a flier, as he upset World Number 23 Ryan Palmer to start his campaign in the high-profile tournament on a winning note.
Lahiri was impressive right from the outset as he scored six birdies and had no bogeys to his name in 16 holes. The Indian ace is currently ranked 35 in the World and boasts seven titles on the Asian Tour and two on the European tour.
His next match, however, is against Justin Rose, who is likely to prove a tougher nut to crack than Palmer. However, Lahiri, in a buoyant mood following his splendid showing against Palmer, will head into the match high on confidence.
A visibly elated Lahiri expressed his delight at having turned out a good performance. "I played really good; It was a really solid round. I don't think Ryan played poorly, either, I think it was a really good match. It was massive for me to birdie 13, and then chip in on 14 to keep myself three ahead”, said Lahiri.
Meanwhile, top seed Rory McIlroy and Augusta Masters champion Jordan Spieth stamped their presence on the tournament with greater authority, as they sailed to a 2-0 lead in their respective groups. However, the format of the World Golf Championship is such that, the two, despite their successes in the tournament thus far, are still faced with the prospect of elimination.Published 01 May 2015, 10:43 IST