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Thongchai lives to fight another day after closing 73 at The Open

Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee is confident he will be back to contend at The Open after he ended his Major campaign with a one-over-par 73 on Monday. As the only player to win three Asian Tour Order of Merit titles, the Thai veteran was hoping to surmount a late challenge after carding previous rounds of 72, 71 and 70 at the Old Course in St Andrews.

However, a bogey-five on the second hole slowed his charge as he tried to get onto the comeback trail. The Thai recovered momentarily with two successive birdies on nine and 10 but a pair of bogeys on 15 and 16 put paid to any hopes of moving further ahead on the leaderboard.

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Late bogeys cost Lahiri dearly at The Open

India’s Anirban Lahiri hopes to regain his confidence swiftly in time for his final round after three bogeys in his last five holes left him with an uphill task of catching up with the leaders at The Open on Sunday.

The current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader was poised to spring one of the biggest surprises this week when he flew under the radar in his first 11 holes, staying just one shot off the lead at nine-under then.

However two bogeys on holes 13 and 14 followed by another on the treacherous Road Hole 17 slammed the brakes on his charge as he signed for a one-under-par 71 at the Old Course in St Andrews.

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Johnson takes over the lead at The Open

The Open will witness a Monday finish for the first time since 1988 after gusty wind conditions disrupted play for much of the day on Saturday. The second round of the world’s oldest Major could not be completed on schedule earlier on Friday as more than three hours of play were lost due to torrential morning rain.

 

It did resume briefly on Saturday morning until the howling 45mph gale eventually forced play to be suspended for more than 10 hours at the Old Course in St Andrews.

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Thongchai poised to scrape through to weekend at The Open

Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee gave himself a lifeline by sinking a crucial birdie on the closing 18th hole to stand a chance of making it into the weekend rounds at The Open on Friday.

With the projected cut at the world’s oldest Major expected to be at one-under, the three-time Asian Tour Order of Merit champion was staring at the exit doors as he was even-par through 17 holes in the second round.

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Lahiri continues impressive run at The Open

India’s Anirban Lahiri continued his impressive run when he fired a flawless two-under-par 70 to put himself into contention after the second round of The Open on Friday.

The current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader could be the surprise package at St Andrews as he aims to upstage some of golf’s biggest names after returning with a two-day total of five-under-par 139.

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