Lahiri-Sharma shoot 65 but still lie T-27th at Zurich Classic

Sakal Times
Monday, 29 April 2019

After a 67 in the better-ball first round, they had a 69 in the alternate-ball in the second to make the cut at eight-under.

AVONDALE, LOUISIANA: Anirban Lahiri and Shubhankar Sharma combined superbly for seven-under 65 but improved just two places in terms of ranking after the third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. The Indian duo is now 15-under and Tied-27th on a day, which produced, low scores in the batter-ball format.

After a 67 in the better-ball first round, they had a 69 in the alternate-ball in the second to make the cut at eight-under. In the third round, Lahiri, who had five birdies, and Sharma who had three, had a total of eight birdies. But they both bogeyed the sixth, as Lahiri went into water and Sharma into the right rough off the tee.

Among the holes they missed out were two Par-5s. On the Par-5 11th after starting from 10th, Sharma missed a 12-footer for birdie and not just that but actually bogeyed it. Also Lahiri missed a nine-footer for birdie, but ended with a par. Again they missed out on a birdie on Par-5 second, where both parred after Sharma went into the dirt and had to take a drop, while Lahiri went into the rough.

Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer shared the lead with Scott Stallings and Trey Mullinax as the tournament, which extended second and third day after a weather first, was now on schedule.

“It’s been 4:30 four nights in a row,” Palmer said. “Dinners at 9 and back up at 4:30. Took its toll on me. Just feeding me sugar and food trying to keep my energy up. Tomorrow we’ll be on a lot of rest. If we’re on tomorrow in alternate shot, we’re going to be hard to beat,” he added.

Rahm carried the team in the third round, with the Spaniard making eight birdies.

One of the much talked about pairings this week has been Grace and Harding, who were a stroke back. They played 32 holes, shooting 68-61 and lying third at 22-under.

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