Jeev Milkha Singh makes a winning putt at the Scottish Open
JEEV Milkha Singh and Anirban Lahiri made it a red-letter day for India at the British Open on Friday (July 20) as they became the first two golfers from the sub-continent to qualify for the weekend rounds at the same major.
The 25-year-old Lahiri, a two-time Asian Tour winner, ensured himself a memorable maiden Open appearance with a battling two-over-par 72 which placed him on level par 140 at Royal Lytham and St Annes.
American Brendt Snedeker holds the halfway lead on 130 but Lahiri is only a couple of shots outside the top-10.
Singh, winner of the Scottish Open last week, fired a 71 to lie on 141 and along the way celebrated his own milestone by completing his streak of making the cut in all the four Majors.
“Excellent,” said Singh when told that Lahiri was also through to the weekend.
“First British Open for him and it’s great that he’s done well. First time we have two Indians in the weekend rounds. It speaks well that the Indians are doing well.
“I’m very proud I’ve made the cut at the Open. This is the only major that I’ve not made the cut. This is another feather in the cap. This one was missing and I’ve done that too. It’s a cut slam!”
Singh is not discounting a weekend charge after his play-off triumph in Scotland.
“I’ve got confidence in my game. You never know on links course. If the wind picks up, anything can happen. It’ll give us a chance to make a run,” he said.
India’s rising star Lahiri was delighted to accompany Singh into the history books for Indian golf.
“I’m happy. I’m really happy that I’m playing in the weekend. If someone had said even par after two rounds, I would have taken it on Thursday (July 19) morning,” the 25-year-old said said.
“I hung in there. I had to make a few crucial putts and I stuck to my routine. I told myself to go out there and enjoy myself.
“It’s been very special. My dad has been walking with me and my manager is here. I can’t ask for anything more. I’m happy I put in a decent performance for them.”
Lahiri was especially proud with the way he handled the pressure, especially after he turned in two over with bogeys on five and nine.
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