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Lahiri lies 4th in Macao Open

Defending champion Anirban Lahiri got off to a great start at the USD 1 million Venetian Macao Open as he carded a five-under 66 that placed him tied fourth and two shots behind the leader Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong (64) at the Par-71 Macau Golf and Country Club here.

In a field that has no less than 17 Indians, Rahil Gangjee, Chiragh Kumar and Abhijit Chadha shot four-under 67 each to be tied eighth, while Gaganjeet Bhullar, Kapil Kumar and Jyoti Randhawa carded two-under 69 each to be tied 25th.

Rashid Khan and SSP <g data-gr-id="23">Chawrasia</g> scored one-under 70 each to <g data-gr-id="22">be</g> tied 37th as did Daniel Chopra. Himmat Rai scored even par 71 to be tied 73rd. Shiv Kapur, Arjun Atwal and S Chikka carded one-over 72 each to <g data-gr-id="19">be</g> tied 90th and Manav Jaini (74) was 104th. Khalin Joshi and Shubhankar Sharma shot 75 each to <g data-gr-id="17">be</g> tied 114th and will need a solid second round to stay on for the weekend. Angad Cheema (76) was even further down. Thitiphun was off to a seven-under 64 start in the first round lead. The 23-year-old <g data-gr-id="16">Thitiphun,</g> stormed home in 29 and his round included eight birdies. 
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