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Lahiri makes steady start with 69; Spieth fires in an ace on perfect day

Anirban Lahiri gave a good account of himself in his final start of the year as he came back with a three-under 69, three shots of the lead in the opening round of the Hero World Challenge on Thursday. Lahiri who had four birdies against one bogey was lying tenth in the 18-man field at the Albany.

Playing in the company of World No.1 Jordan Spieth, with whom Lahiri has struck a good friendship, the Indian had four birdies and one bogey, a result of a bad break on the par-five ninth hole. Lahiri also had a ringside view of a hole-in-one from Spieth, whose 67 included a hole-in-one on the 187-yard Par-3 second hole, which he holed out with a 6-Iron.

Meanwhile at the top, Paul Casey, Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson turned in six-under 66 each to share the lead on a day when conditions seemed to be perfect for scoring.

 “I should have been a couple of shots better. There were a couple of eagle chances and also a couple of other chances for birdies,” Lahiri said.
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