Anirban Lahiri finishes tied-62nd at Sony Open golf

Lahiri bettered his personal best at the course twice but a final round 74 dropped him down the order at the PGA Tour event.

By Rahul Venkat ·

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri marked his first start of the 2021 PGA Tour with a tied-62nd finish at the Sony Open on Sunday.

Lahiri had begun with a 69 in the first round before an eventful 65 in the second – his personal best at the Waialae Country Club in Hawaii – to easily make the weekend cut at the Sony Open.

The third round saw the Indian golfer go one better as he shot eight birdies to end with 64, marking a new personal best at the course, to be placed a strong tied-17th going into the final round.

However, the fourth and final round on Sunday did not go the way Lahiri wanted it to.

Beginning on the front nine, the Rio 2016 Olympian carded a double bogey on the par-4 second before shooting two consecutive bogeys on the third and fourth holes to start off on the back foot.

Lahiri did fire two birdies on the par-4 eighth and par-5 ninth to end the front nine on a positive note but it still kept him two shots behind, needing a big effort on the back nine.

Lahiri just could not find the shots he needed for birdie as he remained solid, breaking par in all holes except the par-4 14th – where he carded a double bogey – to end with a final round 74, giving him an aggregate score of eight-under.

It was still a creditable performance for his first tournament of the year as he finished ahead of two-time Major winner Zach Johnson and on par with Cameron Smith, who performed well in the 2020 Masters.

Na takes the title

American golfer Kevin Na clinched his first victory on the 2021 PGA Tour as he carded an aggregate 21-under to beat the chasing pack of Chris Kirk and Joaquin Niemann by one shot.

Na, who surged ahead in the third round with a flawless, bogey-free 61, had a slightly more tough final round as he carded only two birdies on the front nine and looked in trouble when he bogeyed the par-4 12th. It left him three shots behind with six holes to play.

However, Na responded by carding three consecutive birdies on the 13th, 14th, and 15th holes and then birdied the 18th out of the rough, giving him a simple chip-in to record a victory for a fourth-consecutive season on the PGA Tour.