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Anirban Lahiri, Shubhankar Sharma set for early starts

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Aug 2, 2018, 1:10 am IST
Updated Aug 2, 2018, 1:10 am IST
Lahiri will play with Luke List at 10.20 am from the first tee, while Woods will start play with Jason Day at the same time but from the tenth tee.
Anirban Lahiri at a practice round of the WGC in Akron, Ohio, Wednesday (Photo: AFP)
 Anirban Lahiri at a practice round of the WGC in Akron, Ohio, Wednesday (Photo: AFP)

New Delhi: Anirban Lahiri will tee off at the same time as Tiger Woods but from a different end of the Firestone South course at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, in Akron, Ohio, on Thursday.

Lahiri will play with Luke List at 10.20 am from the first tee, while Woods will start play with Jason Day at the same time but from the tenth tee.

 

Also playing in the morning session will be Shubhankar Sharma as two Indians will play the event for the first time. Sharma plays the first round with Aaron Wise.

This is an important event for both as they seek to move forward on various fronts. Lahiri is trying to get back to top 50, while Sharma is trying to gain a PGA Tour card.

Meanwhile Woods, who has won this event eight times, including the first three times of this event’s history.

Woods got into top-50 in the nick of time after recording his best finish since 2013 by getting to tied 6th at the Open at Carnoustie.

That year he was also tied 4th at the Masters and tied sixth at the Open.

Woods last played at a WGC in this very tournament in 2014 but pulled out before completing it.

Among the favourites is World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, fresh of his third win of the season. Johnson returns to Firestone for a final time having won here in 2016.

Fellow past champion Rory McIlroy, who like Woods was T6 at the Open Championship two weeks ago, has one win and three runners-up finishes this year. Both McIlroy and Woods can be lethal at this course.

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