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Only Indian at PGA Championships, Anirban Lahiri Makes The Cut

Tied at 46th.

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A timely back nine recovery propelled Anirban Lahiri into the weekend action as the Indian made the cut at the 99th PGA Championships with a one over 72 in the second round.

With most of his putts from inside 10 feet refusing to drop on both days, Lahiri took his total to three-over 145 and was Tied 46th place. In a striking similarity to his first round, Lahiri once again made his recovery on the back nine despite missed putts after rather disappointing front nines.

Later, the course was evacuated on account of dangerous weather conditions and about one hour and 40 minutes play was lost. Play was suspended because of darkness and 26 players will come back in the morning to complete their second rounds.

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With the course softening up after the rains, there were some terrific scores as Hideki Matsuyama (64) and Francesco Molinari (64) set new course records. Matsuyama joined Kevin Kisner in lead at eight-under while Jason Day (66) was six- under and sole third.

Molinari was tied fourth alongside Louis Oosthuizen (67) and Chris Stroud, who has five more holes to play. Rickie Fowler (70), Justin Thomas (66) and Paul Casey (70) were tied at three-under in Tied-seventh place.

I hit the ball even better than yesterday (the first round), but again I had a start where I missed a 3-4 footer for par and began with a bogey. I just didn’t make any putts once again. Other than the two birdies I made, remaining putts didn’t drop.
Anirban Lahiri

Through the day, Lahiri missed five putts inside 10 feet, one of them inside four feet, He also missed two others between 10-12 feet and another one of 17 feet.

My hitting from tee to green was very good and it has been so of late but I have not made much on the greens. I missed only three fairways in the second round and four in the first round. That should have got me better scores, because if you miss the green it is difficult to chip at times. I gave myself chances but missed a whole lot of putts.
Anirban Lahiri

Defending champion Jimmy Walker made a 12-shot improvement on his first round 81, but still missed the cut.

Other big names missing the cut included Justin Rose (76-72), Bubba Watson (77-72), Sergio Garcia (75-75) and Danny Willett (73-79). Old warhorses Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els also missed cut on their 100th Major appearance.

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