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Lahiri finishes sixth, secures first top-10 in 2016 PGA Tour

India's Anirban Lahiri produced a superb front nine en route to a steady final round to finish tied sixth at the Dean & Deluca Invitational golf tournament here and register his first top-10 position of the ongoing season on the PGA Tour.

The 28-year-old Lahiri, whose sole top-10 in 2016 came in the European/Asian Tour event, the Hero Indian Open, where he finished second, shot 68 in the final round in Texas to finish with a total of nine-under 271 at the Colonial Country Club.

The finish here bettered his previous best this 2015-16 season of tied 21st at CIMB Classic in Malaysia, which is PGA Tour's only stop in Asia.

Lahiri's rounds this week were 65-70-68-68. He also moved to 88th on the FedEx Cup table.

At the top Jordan Spieth (65) reminded of his 'Masters meltdown' by a fan at the turn, raised the bar on the back nine with six birdies to grab the title, his first in his home state of Texas. He ended with 17-under and three clear of Harris English (68).

Lahiri, who admitted he was disappointed that he could not keep the gap smaller than five shots after three rounds, kept his word of going all out early in the final round.

Lahiri had three birdies and no bogeys in his front nine and then added two more on 10th and 11th. At one stage at 12-under, he rose to 12-under and was a mere two shots behind the then leader, Harris English.

Lahiri birdied second, fifth, seventh, 10th and 11th.

Unfortunately, one bad swing on 15th, which saw him go into the water with the second shot, forced him to take a penalty.

He was then faced with a 15-footer for a bogey but he missed that and ended with a double.
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