Lahiri fails to find momentum on final day
Seemingly set for a charge into Top-10, Lahiri began the day at one-under 215, and shot 75 to finish at two-over 290 and into the 40s.
After a series of eight missed cuts going back to February, James Hahn finally came through to win in a play-off against Roberto Castro, as bigger names like Justin Rose (71 and third), Rory McIlroy (66), Phil Mickelson (66) and Rickie Fowler (71) ended in a tie for fourth.
Starting off the first, Lahiri bogeyed the third and sixth to roll backwards. Birdies on seventh and ninth seemed to get him back into Top-25.
Following the turn, when he just couldn’t get the putter going missing really small ones, he bogeyed three in a row from 11th. A birdie on 14th was a minor consolation before he bogeyed yet again the 18th hole.
“It was extremely and utterly frustrating to finish poorly from great position time and time again,” said a disappointed Lahiri. “When you miss a dozen putts inside six feet, you can’t score on a tough golf course.”
He added, “My game was excellent. I hit well, but just could not get the putts to fall. I need to get some positivity going into the weekends and that has just not materialized these past few months.”
Yet, signing off on a positive note, Lahiri added, “Onwards and upwards, the endeavour continues. I have week off and I will take it as it comes.”
After missing eight straight cuts on the PGA Tour, James Hahn made up with a fine come from behind win.
Hahn beat Roberto Castro with a par on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff on Sunday to snap the three-month slump and earn his second PGA TOUR title.
“It was going bad for a while,” Hahn said. “Just didn’t have the confidence, didn’t believe in myself. I felt like I was putting in the work but wasn’t getting any reward for it. ... You’re playing bad and you’re missing cuts and there’s nothing funny about that.”