Kuala Lumpur: Ace Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri scored a six-under-par 66, staying within striking touch of the leaders at the CIMB Classic here on Thursday.
The reigning Asian Tour number one, who finished runner-up in Macao last weekend after closing with seven straight birdies, enjoyed a good start with seven birdies in his opening nine holes before going to eight-under with another birdie on his 14th hole of the day.
Lahiri, who won the Malaysian Open at TPC KL last season, was disappointed with the poor finish.
“That front nine, I could have done a lot more and to finish the day like that is obviously a bitter taste in my mouth. But it’s still a decent start. I would have liked to definitely be a couple shots better, if not three,” Lahiri said.
After safely keeping his PGA Tour card in the recently concluded season, Lahiri enjoyed a second place in Macao following a wonderful finish in the final day with his birdie binge. However, he lost to Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolpraser in a play-off which left him still seeking a first victory for 2016.
“I’m definitely in a good place mentally. It just depends on how long I can sustain it. I had it going pretty much all day and just a couple of loose shots in the end that cost me but it could easily have been a couple of shots better,” Lahiri said.
“I’m definitely in a good place mentally. It just depends on how long I can sustain it. I had it going pretty much all day and just a couple of loose shots in the end that cost me but it could easily have been a couple of shots better. I have to just try and sustain that over the next 54 holes to give myself a good shot on Sunday.
“I’ve just got to take it one round at a time, whatever happened is behind me, but obviously there’s a good, solid amount of confidence coming into this week and I just need to play with that for the rest of the event,” he added.