Lahiri, Woods make the cut; Koepka in joint lead

Sakal Times
Sunday, 26 August 2018

"No matter how good your drive, you’ve still got to roll them and still got to make putts, and I didn’t putt very well today. I had a hard time seeing my lines, and consequently didn’t make anything."—Tiger Woods

Paramus:  Anirban Lahiri made the cut on the line and so did Tiger Woods at the Northern Trust Championships, the first event on the FedExCup play-offs. Both shot second successibe even par rounds and stayed just that in Tied-67th place and dropped seven places from the first round.

Brooks Koepka riding high on two major trophies this season played a stunning back nine to shoot 6-under 65 and got to 10-under and joined Jamie Lovemark (66) who is winless in 135 starts on PGA Tour. Lovemark had five birdies in a six-hole stretch around the turn.

Koepka, who has three Majors and just one regular PGA Tour win, has prepared for the FedExCup Playoffs like majors by renting a house and bringing his own chef, trainer and regular crew.

Lahiri had a fine start with three birdies in four holes between fourth and seventh, but could not build on it. Lahiri hit 10 of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens in regulation.

Woods hit the ball beautifully and had a birdie putt on every hole until the par-3 15th, when his tee shot went off the green against the collar and he finished with a three-putt bogey from just inside 30 feet on 18th. 

So, it was back to even par 71 despite birdies on seventh and 13th. 

Lahiri began very well with birdies on third and fourth. On the 444-yard par-4 fourth hole, Lahiri reached the green in two and holed from 20 feet for birdie. On the next hole, the par-4 fifth, Lahiri’s 153 yard approach to eight feet set him up for the second birdie, which he duly holed. 

The action continued on the 486-yard par-4 seventh hole, where Lahiri had a 206 yard approach shot and he hit it to eight feet for a third birdie in four holes.

However, before the run, Lahiri bogeyed the par-4 ninth after going into right round and getting to the green in three and two putting.

On the back nine, he parred all the way from 10th to 17th, before giving a shot on the 470-yard par-4 18th. Lahiri bogey after reaching the green in four as he went into rough off the tee and then went right and needed a four footer for bogey.

Koepka was just getting along with an even par front nine and he stayed that way till he reached 12th which he birdied after smashing the tee shot to greenside bunker from where he came out to h and shaking three feet for a bridie.


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