Anirban Lahiri shot one of the best rounds of his fledgling PGA Tour career with a bogey free seven-under 65 at the Memorial and then waited for over three hours to see whether his clubhouse target of 10-under would hold out for one of the most stunning wins this season.
In the end, he finished Tied-second, as Jason Dufner found a second wind on the back nine and won by three.
The 29-year-old Lahiri, who came into the week following a streak of three missed cuts and a ranking that was fast dropping, had the best card for the day as he rose from over night T-27 to finished at 10-under 272. It was a score that stayed as the clubhouse target as the players grappled with a weather delay and a golf course that became demanding before the rain softened it late in the day.
Around the time Lahiri was finishing, Jack Nicklaus, the tournament host was in the commentary box, and said, “He is a very fine young man and plays well.”
“It feels great to have my best at Mr Nicklaus’ event. He has been very kind to Ipsa and me ever since we met him. Being a member at the Bears and having the opportunity to speak to him and get his advice is really special,” said Lahiri.
The Tied-second finish was the best PGA Tour result for Lahiri, bettering his 2015 PGA Championship T-5 finish and T-3 finish at 2016 CIMB Classic. The result which was worth US $765,600, also sealed his 2018 PGA Tour card.