Anirban Lahiri at the recent EurAsia Cup. At the Maybank Malaysian Open, he is tied at 14th place with a six-under 210. – AFP Photo / Paul Lakatos / Asian Tour
KUALA LUMPUR: A superb six-under 66 helped India’s Anirban Lahiri emerge as the top Asian golfer as the Maybank Malaysian Open moved into the last day of action.
After opening with two uneventful 72s at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club, the EurAsia Cup star burst into life with six birdies for a bogey-free card and a share of 14th place with a six-under 210.
Lahiri, who finished third on the Asian Tour Order of Merit last season and earned two points in Asia’s memorable draw with Europe in last month’s inaugural EurAsia Cup, was delighted to make his big move on a sweltering day.
“I am happy, really happy with how I played. I’ve been playing well the last two days but just not making putts.
”I came out and just putted much better today. I have been working on it and it’s nice to have that improved,” said the 26-year-old, who is eight shots behind leader Lee Westwood of England.
”I am happy with how I am hitting it. Hit 16 greens today and 15 on Saturday.
”Hopefully my ball striking stays that way and it’ll come down to putting.
”Hopefully I can make a few more tomorrow,” said Lahiri.
There was nothing much to cheer about in the Malaysian camp as Nicholas Fung, Khor Kheng Hwai and Gavin Kyle Green struggled to keep on the fairways.
Nicholas, appearing in a Malaysian Open weekend for the first time, finished with a 72 to share 44th place with five others on even-par 216.
The Sabahan was two shots clear of Kheng Hwai, who posted a 74 while leading amateur Gavin was left to rue some costly mistakes en route to a three-over 75 at the West Course to tie at 60th on three-over 219.