Lahiri makes a strong start

Aditi Ashok. File Photo

Anirban Lahiri opened with a solid 3-under 67, settling for a tied 10th place after the first round at the Quicken Loans National Championship here on Thursday.

Lahiri, who logged his first top-10 finish of 2018 last week at the Travelers Championships, had a fine run of four birdies from second to fifth.

But that apart, he parred all the other holes, barring the 18th in which he bogeyed after missing a par putt from just seven feet. On the 17th hole, he missed a birdie putt from just over seven feet.

Andrew Landry grabbed the lead with a 7-under 63 on the rain-softened course and later in the afternoon, JJ Spaun shot the same while playing in the group behind Tiger Woods.

Woods did rally from a double bogey with five straight birdie chances from 8 feet or closer but made only two of them as he carded 70 and was seven shots behind the leaders.

Lahiri opened with a par and then ran four birdies in a row from second. He parred the next 12 holes before the lone bogey of the day on 18th.

 

Aditi shines

India's Aditi Ashok opened with a steady 2-under 70 that positioned her nicely in tied 15th place at the end of the first round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championships, the third Major of the year for women at Kildeer, US.

Starting on the tenth, she birdied the 11th, 14th and 17th while dropping a shot on 12th and turned in 2-under 34. On the second nine, the front side of the course, she had a bogey on fifth and birdie on seventh and ended the day at 70.

A three-time winner on the LPGA Tour and 2017 US Women's Open champion Sung Hyun Park surged to the top of the leaderboard with a bogey-free 66 to take the outright lead on day one.

She leads by one stroke ahead of 2016 KPMG Women's PGA Champion Brooke Henderson, Brittany Altomare, Jaye Marie Green and Jessica Korda at the 6,635-yard Kemper Lakes Golf Club.

 

Shubhankar hits back

Shubhankar Sharma made amends for a disastrous opening round of five-over 77 but countryman SSP Chawrasia failed to make the cut after a poor 75 and 74 at the HNA Open de France on Friday.

Playing in windy conditions at the Le Golf National, Shubhankar, who missed his last two cuts in the US at the Memorial and the US Open, was three-under through first five holes in the second round after being way down in first.

For Chawrasia, it is the fifth successive missed cut for the two-time Hero Indian Open winner, who has four European Tour title.

Bradley Dredge battled the conditions to edge clear of Ryder Cup players Graeme McDowell and Andy Sullivan in the opening round. Dredge shot 4-under 67.

Two-time Open de France Champion McDowell once again showed his affinity for the Albatross Course firing seven birdies in his round of 68.

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