Porsche European Open: Anirban and SSP begin the quest with three-under 68 each in Germany

Anirban Lahiri returning to action after a gap of more than a month, and SSP Chawrasia looking for his first career win outside India, despite three European Tour wins at home, carded identical three-under 68 each to be placed Tied-16th.

With play having been delayed by three hours and 25 minutes, only a few had finished their opening round as play continued and the first round is likely to finish on Friday.

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Chawrasia was cruising at five-under through 15 holes and was Tied-second at that time. Starting on the tenth, he was five-under and then came the stutter at the finish, when he bogeyed the seventh and ninth and ended at 68.

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Lahiri, whose last competitive round was at the Rio Olympic Games, also started from the tenth, After a par start on 10th, he had a hat-trick of birdies from 11th to 13th. Then he suffered a mid-round lapse, as he bogeyed 15th and 18th to turn in one-under.

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A birdie on second was followed by a bogey on fourth. Birdies on sixth and eighth saw him finish at 68, making it a satisfying round for someone coming after a long layoff.

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