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Lahiri misses cut at Phoenix Open, Theegala in the lead


Indiaโ€™s Anirban Lahiri missed the cut after carding four-over 75 in the second round of the USD 8.2 million Waste Management Phoenix Open here.

Lahiri (70-75) found himself on the wrong side of the cut line for the first time in three starts as signs of early-season rust continued to show. He registered two birdies and dropped six bogeys to exit early as the cut fell at 2-under.

FIRST ROUND REPORT

Sahith Theegala continued to make his sponsorโ€™s exemption count well as he climbed to the top of the leaderboard at the halfway stage of the tournament. He is now 12-under for 36 holes.

Theegala was 7-under through 16 holes in the first round when the first dayโ€™s play ended due to darkness but when he came back to play in the morning, he finished bogey-bogey to drop to 5-under 66. In the second round, Theegala got back to business with 7-under 64 which included eight birdies, four on each side of the course. He had one bogey on the eighth hole.

Theegala is now two shots clear of defending champion Brooks Koepka (66-66) and Olympic gold medallist Xander Schauffele (67-65).

Diksha Dagar rises to 21st, Amandeep slips to 57th in Kenya

Battling tough conditions, India’s Diksha Dagar turned in an even par 72 to rise to tied 21st at the Magical Kenya Ladies Open.

In contrast, fellow Indian Amandeep Drall had a very rough day with seven-over 79 that saw her drop sharply to T-57.

Diksha played well in the conditions which stayed difficult at the Vipingo Range, picking up four birdies.

Diksha had four birdies on second, 11th, 14th and 18th, while she dropped shots on first and 16th and a double bogey on par-4 fifth.

Amandeep failed to manage any birdies and had five bogeys and a double bogeys.

Linnea Strom stayed in the lead even though she was even par through 14 holes in the third round. She is 3-under, while Spaniard Luna Sobron Gomes (68) was second at 1-under.

Three players Esther Henseleit, Emma Grechi and Sophie Hausmann are tied for third at even par, but still have some holes left.

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