Anirban Lahiri cards 2-under 70 to jump to 9th spot at World Golf Championships

first_imgAnirban Lahiri added a second successive two-under 70 and jumped to tied ninth spot at the midway stage of the US$9.5 million WGC Golf Cadillac Championships.Lahiri, who had three birdies, two of them in the last three holes, and a bogey to start his day, is six shots behind leader Adam Scott, who is looking to make it two wins in as many weeks.The Blue Monster at Doral was somewhat more benign than usual, but the layout continued to challenge the best pros in the world.For the second straight day, it was a shaky start for Lahiri with a bogey to open proceedings. He hit his tee shot into the intermediate rough, from where he went into the left rough.By the time he came to the green, he had a 23-footer for par, which he missed. But the Indian got into his stride quickly by finding greens with great regularity even when he was not on the fairway.He birdied the par-4 third with a sevenfooter, and over the next six holes, he was consistently inside 20-feet with his approaches, but needed two putts for pars. He also missed a seven-footer for birdie on eighth.On the turn, he was steady again. From 10th to 15th, he was again in the 40-70-foot zone and always got his pars, including one from eight feet on 11th and another from just over 12 feet on 13th.The consistency paid off on 16th, when he hit his approach to under five feet and holed it for birdie, and again on the challenging 18th, where he holed a 14-footer for his third birdie and wrapped up his round in 70.advertisementScott, second at Northern Trust Open two weeks ago and winner at Honda Classic last week, is back in the saddle at the midway stage.His 6-under 66 got him to 10-under for the tournament and two clear of Rory McIlroy and defending champion Dustin Johnson.With three birdies in his last four holes the Aussie enters the weekend with great confidence.Jordan Spieth made bogey on his final hole and shot even-par 72, leaving him seven shots off the lead in tied 12th place.Johnson (64) shares second with McIlroy (65) and World No. 15 Danny Willett is in solo fourth after his 69. Just behind them are World No. 4 Bubba Watson (tied fifth) and Phil Mickelson (tied seventh).Scott made eight birdies, including three straight on holes 15, 16 and 17, to take charge of the tournament. Johnson made eight birdies with no dropped shots. Mickelson got to 9-under at one point, leading by three – until the two shortest holes on the course led to his undoing.He three-putted from 55 feet for bogey on the 191-yard 13th and then put his ball in the water on the 139-yard 15th that lead to a double bogey.Marcus Fraser, who shared the lead after the opening round, collapsed to 77.ALSO READ:Anirban Lahiri wins Asian Tour Golfer of the Year awardGolfer Lahiri all set to tee up at Farmers Insurance Openlast_img read more