Anirban Lahiri hung in tight and grinded it out for a card of 2-under 70 in windy conditions on a day when his driver was very errant in the second round of the Sanderson Farms Championship. Lahiri stayed at Tied-7th but slipped to five shots behind the leader. Lahiri was 8-under 136 through 36 holes as Keegan Bradley (65) shot a brilliant 65 to get to 13-under and led the field by two.

Lahiri’s accuracy took a major hit in swirling conditions as he found only three fairways and two-thirds of the greens, way below 50 per cent fairways and 83 per cent of the greens in regulation on the first day. His putting, too, left him disappointed.

Also, a double bogey on the sixth, his 15tth hole of the second day, ended a fine 32-hole bogey-free streak. Another disappointing bit was that Lahiri was unable to birdie any of

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Anirban Lahiri’s hot putter got him off to a flying start in the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship. A bogey free 66, one of his best starts in last four years, saw him Tied-seventh and two shots behind co-leaders Charley Hoffman and Jimmy Walker, who started from different ends of the course, but came back with similar results of 8-under. Later , Kevin Chappell and defending champion Sebastian Munoz joined him at the top for a four-way lead. Matt Gligic of Canada is fifth at 7-under at Mississippi, US.

Lahiri was tied for seventh were JT Poston, Keegan Bradley, Cameron Davis and Talor Gooch.

Lahiri knows he needs a good result each week to get into the following week and he is embracing the pressure. Playing at the Sanderson Farms for only the second time – he was T-45 last year – Lahiri said the Country Club of

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