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Day 3: Anirban Lahiri bounces back as Justin Thomas leads the pack at WGC

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Posted by Admin 06 Aug 2018

In his third round at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, Anirban Lahiri hit 6 of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens in regulation, and had a great back half recovery from a poor front nine. Lahiri finished his day tied for 11th at 6 under; Justin Thomas is in 1st at 14 under; Ian Poulter and Rory McIlroy are tied for 2nd at 11 under; and Jason Day is in 4th at 10 under.

 

 

Anirban Lahiri

 

 

On the 526-yard par-5 second hole, Anirban Lahiri reached the green in 3 and sunk a 13-foot putt for birdie. This moved Anirban Lahiri to 1 under for the round.

 

 

On the par-par-4 third, Lahiri's 104 yard approach to 8 feet set himself up for the birdie on the hole. This moved Lahiri to 2 under for the round. At the 469-yard par-4 sixth, Lahiri's tee shot went 277 yards to the left rough, his second shot went 178 yards to the right greenside bunker, and his sand shot went 10 yards to the green where he had a two-putt for a bogey. This moved Lahiri to 1 under for the round.

 

 

Shubhankar Sharma hit 8 of 18 greens in regulation during his second round at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational, finishing at 11 over for the tournament. Sharma finished his day in 71st at 11 over; Ian Poulter, Justin Thomas, and Tommy Fleetwood are tied for 1st at 11 under; Jason Day and Kyle Stanley are tied for 4th at 9 under; and Rory McIlroy and Si Woo Kim are tied for 6th at 8 under.

 

 

At the 418-yard par-4 11th, Sharma's tee shot went 290 yards to the right rough, his second shot went 114 yards to the right front greenside bunker, and his sand shot went 16 yards to the green where he had a two-putt for a bogey. This moved Sharma to 2 over for the round.

 

On the 180-yard par-3 12th, Sharma's tee shot went 192 yards to the left rough, his second shot went 32 yards to the right rough, and his chip went 16 yards to the green where he rolled a one-putt for bogey. This moved him to 3 over for the round.

 

On the 471-yard par-4 13th, Sharma had a bogey after hitting the green in 3 and two putting, moving Sharma to 4 over for the round.

 

 

Tiger Woods, who fell out of contention at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational with a 73, would say only that he "played like crap" when asked if something was amiss. Thomas pulled away from the pack with five birdies in the middle of his round Saturday for a 3-under 67, giving him a 3-shot lead over McIlroy and Ian Poulter going into the final round of the Bridgestone Invitational.

 

"We've played together a lot in tournaments, but never in this kind of situation," Thomas said.

 

McIlroy played bogey-free on a Firestone course that finally started to get firm, atoning for a few missed birdie chances with key par putts. He won at Bay Hill this year, though he felt he should have won more. He has been runner-up three times, most recently at The Open two weeks ago.

 

 

"I played well enough to win a few times this year, and I only got over the line once," McIlroy said. "Tomorrow is a great opportunity to try and win again. I'll need a good round. I'm still a few behind. But yeah, I'm getting a little sick of the second places."

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