WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Feeling as though he “could birdie every hole,” Anirban Lahiri had plenty of company Friday.
Low scores abounded at A Military Tribute to the Greenbrier, where his career-best 61 temporarily lifted Lahiri into a share of the second-round lead with Webb Simpson at 12 under.
“I don’t know if I’ll be leading at the end of the day,” joked Lahiri. Hours later, his comment proved prophetic when Kelly Kraft carded a 63 to pull a stroke ahead at 13 under.
Still, Lahiri is making a surge, thanks to putting so precise that a brief flurry of pars left him irked.
“Believe it or not, I was getting a little frustrated on the back nine because I missed a short one on 15,” said Lahiri, referencing an 8-foot putt that he rolled past the hole. “Then 16 and 17 I had little flip wedges and chips and didn’t get up-and-down and didn’t birdie either of those holes.”
He calmed himself to finish with five birdies on the final eight holes, draining a 20-footer on No. 8.
“The hole looked pretty big,” Lahiri said.
Ranked 99th in the world with three top-10 finishes this season, Lahiri has 18 international titles, most of them in Asia, but still seeks his first PGA win in his fourth full year on the tour. His top career finish was tying for fifth at the 2015 PGA Championship.
His first visit to the Greenbrier looks promising.
“It’s a really neat place. It’s unique,” he said. “Obviously, when you get here, you talk to the other players and you kind of get a sense. There’s people on both sides of the fence, but it’s such a nice getaway. They