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Anirban Lahiri finishes tied 30th in French Open

After a birdie spree on the front nine, Anirban Lahiri was once again struck down by bogeys and double bogeys as he ended the week of the Alstom Open de France with a final round of 71.
His earlier rounds were 69, 77 and 70. Lahiri once again suffered with contrasting fortunes on the front and back nines of the Le National Golf Club.

Lahiri was on fire on front nine with five birdies and then kept a steady momentum before collapsing on last few holes with one bogey and two doubles. At one stage, the Indian had risen to inside Top-20 but then dropped to tied 30th later on. The Le National is known to be tough over the last four and it extracted a big price from the Indian star. Lahiri played extremely well over the front nine on all days, but it was the back nine which did him in, especially on the first and last days.

Through the entire week, Lahiri had just one bogey on the front nine and in contrast he had no birdies on the back nine and a total of four double bogeys. 

Lahiri said,"No doubt the golf course was tough, but like at Majors, one needed to be so precise that small errors were magnified at Le National and the price was too high. 

"It is because it is so challenging that Le National has been selected for the 2018 Ryder Cup. The last four holes are known to be very tough and challenging. While I made the weekend on the line and then some progress after that, I feel I could have done more” but I need to be patient."


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