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Lahiri hopes for strong start to US Open

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri faces a big test at the US Open when he tees of in the year’s second Major at the Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania on Thursday. The world No.57 has played 16 tournaments in the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Tour in the United States, with only two top-25 finishes -- tied 21st at the CIMB Classic and tied sixth at the Dean $ Deluca Invitational.


In some tournaments, he hasn't completed all four rounds, missing the cut on three occasions. Interestingly, the US Open is the only Major where Lahiri has not made the cut so far. He will be eager to redeem himself after last year’s disappointment when he missed out on debut.


Jeev Milkha Singh qualifies for US Open

Asian Tour honorary member Jeev Milkha Singh of India will make his fifth appearance at the U.S. Open next week after Thongchai Jaidee withdrew due to personal reasons.

Singh, a two-time Asian Tour number one and captain for Team Asia in the EurAsia Cup earlier this year, qualified for the year’s second Major as he was the first alternate from the England sectional qualifying site. 


Young Thai Thitiphun earns Major debut at U.S. Open

Young Thai talent Thitiphun Chuayprakong will make his Major debut at the U.S. Open next week after former world number one Tiger Woods withdrew.

The 23-year-old Thai, who claimed his breakthrough Asian Tour win in Bangladesh in February, was the first alternate from the Japan sectional qualifying site.


Filipino rising star Tabuena qualifies for U.S. Open

Filipino rising star Miguel Tabuena will make a dream debut at the U.S. Open next week after topping the sectional qualifying in California on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old Tabuena, currently third on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, won by two shots after carding a fine 64 at Lake Merced Golf Club and a 68 at The Olympic Club, Ocean course, for an 11-under-par 132 aggregate.


Spieth collapse gifts Willett Augusta Masters

For 7½ rounds Jordan Spieth led the Masters, 5-strokes clear with 9 holes to play, the 22 year old Texan was on course to become the only player in golf's history to lead a Major on every day of the tournament in back to back years... And then it all went wrong.

A bogey on the 10th coupled with a birdie for Englishman Danny Willett playing further ahead on the 13th brought the lead down to 3 strokes. Another bogey on the 11th and a birdie for Willett reduced the deficit to a single stroke. But what followed was completely unimaginable. On the par 3, 12th, Spieth hit his tee shot into the water. He then hit his drop into the water again. Another stroke dropped, another dropped ball, and this time into the bunker he went. By the time Spieth left the 12th hole, he had produced an incredible quadruple bogey, finding himself 4 shots off the pace, and despite the young American recovering his poise temporarily, the Masters had slipped away cruelly from his grasp.


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