Anirban Lahiri one-shot behind Quail Hollow leaders

first_imgAnirban Lahiri, who felt he was overdue for a low score, shot a 66 to trail American co-leaders Steve Wheatcroft and Andrew Loupe by a stroke after the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship.On a cool and breezy day when defending champion Rory McIlroy battled for a 73, India’s Lahiri enjoyed a flawless six-birdie performance on a damp Quail Hollow course on Thursday.”Anytime you have a bogey-free card, it’s fantastic,” said Lahiri, who played in slightly tougher morning conditions. “I’ve played mediocre or average golf the last few months. I definitely feel like I should be competing more consistently.””The stuff my coach and I worked on after the Masters, when I took a couple of weeks off, it’s beginning to come together … I feel like my game’s gotten better every week.”Lahiri, ranked 55th in the world and playing in his first full season on the PGA Tour, is the top-ranked Indian and excited at the prospect of representing his country at the Aug. 5-21 Rio Olympics.The Olympics is the last thing on the mind of Loupe and Wheatcroft, both non-winners on tour, who took different routes to carding a seven-under-par 65 in the afternoon.Though Wheatcroft is the shorter hitter of the two, he had two eagles, holing out from 40 yards at the par-five fifth, and almost holing his second shot at the par-five 10th.McIlroy could have used some similar magic. A day after celebrating his 27th birthday, he plunged to four over after playing the more difficult back nine first, but he improved on the inward half.advertisement”It sort of was a tale of two nines,” the Northern Irishman said. “I’ve been working a lot on the range and I was still in range mode on the front nine. I didn’t have my scoring head on.”McIlroy and the other members of his group, American Rickie Fowler and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, had a bizarre experience on the sixth hole when a member of the gallery threw a golf ball onto the tee.”Yeah, it was sort of weird,” McIlroy said. “That’s never really happened to me before.”It was a golf ball with an ear plug stuck on it, so it was sort of strange. Charlotte’s finest (police officers) sorted it out and got him off the property, thankfully.”last_img read more

East Bengal Vs. Mohun Bagan in CFL: Preview

first_imgEast Bengal Vs. Mohun Bagan in CFL: Preview, Team News, Timing, TV Details Ritabrata Banerjee Last updated 2 years ago 15:09 23/9/2017 East Bengal Mohun Bagan I-League 2017 I-League Arch-rivals East Bengal and Mohun Bagan meet in the grand finale of the Calcutta Football League on Sunday in Siliguri….. Kolkata giants East Bengal and Mohun Bagan come face to face for the first time this season in the Calcutta Football League (CFL) on Sunday. The derby match is a virtual final where the winner takes the trophy along with the bragging rights.Both the rivals are tied on 22 points from 8 matches ahead of the big match. East Bengal have a slight advantage as they are ahead on goal difference. A draw would ensure they win their 39th CFL title.Coming off a morale-boosting 5-0 win over Subhash Bhowmick’s Tollygunge Agragami, Khalid Jamil’s men will be brimming with confidence ahead of the magnum opus clash. Mohun Bagan too had won their previous encounter against Peerless but it was a hard-fought victory. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Khalid Jamil had experimented with his side in the last encounter with Gabriel Fernandes partnering Willis Plaza upfront and Tanmoy Ghosh replacing in-form Samad Ali Mullick in the right-back position. India international Nikhil Poojary too made his way into the starting XI in place of Brandon Vanlalremdika. Poojary got his name into the score sheet thereby cementing his place in the starting lineup. Brandon is likely to sit out against the Green and Maroons.Carlyle Mitchell too was rested and in his absence, experienced Indian duo of Gurwinder Singh and Arnab Mondal did a fairly decent job. But Mitchell is likely to be back in the team against Mohun Bagan. They will be buoyed by the fact that striker Willis Plaza finally looks to have regained his long-lost form. He has four goals in his kitty in the last two matches which included a hat-trick against Tollygunge.  Ahead of his first derby match as a coach, Khalid sounded confident and he refused to offer any excuse. “Whether it rains or not it doesn’t matter to me. It is not under my control. Whatever the conditions are, my team will play best possible football and try to win the league.”Mohun Bagan also have enjoyed a flowery journey in the CFL after many years. The attacking duo of Stephane Bayi Kamo and Ansumana Kromah has produced 11 goals so far in the league and are all set to guide Bagan to glory this season. Shankarlal Chakraborty will field the best possible XI with Shilton D’Silva and Arijit Bagui likely to return to the starting XI. The hero against Mohammedan Sporting, Azharuddin Mullick, too will start ahead of Nikhil Kadam on the left flank.The Bagan coach went on to point out that this is the second time in the history of CFL that a derby in the last match of the tournament will be the title decider.KICKOFF: 5:00 ISTTELECAST: Kolkata TVTEAM NEWSMohun Bagan:Injured: NoneDoubtful: NoneSuspended: NonePossible starting XI:MB predicted XIEast Bengal:Injured: VP SuhairDoubtful: NoneSuspended: NonePossible starting XI:EB predicted XI read morelast_img read more