Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chawrasia had a messy start to their campaign at the Rio Olympics as they carded a three-over 74 and even-par 71 in the opening round of the golf competition in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.
Anirban finished the day just inside the top 50. Chawrasia however, inside the top ten at one stage slipped a bit. In the final tally on day one, Lahiri and SSP were tied 49th an tied 27th respectively.
Lahiri dropped five bogeys against a couple of birdies, while Chawrasia’s four birdies were dissolved by his four bogeys as the duo found it difficult to conquer the Olympic golf course at the Barra da Tijuca region of Rio.
Lahiri did not have a good day one as he started with a bogey and then slipped on two more bogeys at the sixth and eighth holes to make the turn at three-over. Lahiri showed resilience towards the end, making four pars and two birdies in the final six holes to end day one on a positive note.
Chawrasia picked up two birdies at the second and fifth holes before dropping a shot at the seventh to lie one-under after the front nine but a birdie at the final 18th hole helped him end on an even-par.
The day though belonged to the Australian Marcus Fraser, Fraser fired a sizzling eight-under 63 to lead the clubhouse, followed by Canada’s Graham Delaet (66) and Thomas Pieters (67).
Anirban and Chawrasia have high hopes of making a podium finish and add up to the dry Indian medal tally.