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Anirban Lahiri stays in contention for title

Anirban Lahiri, making his debut at the Tour, stayed within striking distance of his maiden title in the United States as he took the sole second place at the end of the third round of the Hotel Fitness Championship.

After starting with a bogey, Lahiri (70) closed with a disappointing double bogey to be three behind the leader, Korea’s DH Lee (66). Lahiri is now 12-under 204 for 54 <g data-gr-id="23">holes,</g> while Lee is 15-under 201 as the two players go out together in the final pairing.

The Indian golfer, who spent a fair bit of time on the range soon after his second round 65 at the Sycamore Golf Course, admitted, he “was just trying to hang in there” in the third round. The highest ranked player this week, Lahiri birdied all the par-5s in his third and had two other birdies on fourth and 16th. He bogeyed the first, seventh and double bogeyed the 18th.

“(It was) just grinding all day. It’s hard because I was hitting it all over the shop. But all in all, I’m just three back. If I can put another good 18 holes together on Monday we’ll see if I can get over the line,” he said.

The winner of two European Tour events – the Malaysian Open and Hero Indian Open – at the start of this year, Lahiri hit only nine greens in regulation. “My game is usually a ball-striking game. It’s not a scrambling game,” Lahiri, who chipped in from off the green on the par-5, 12th for a birdie, said.
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