Indian gofer Anirban Lahiri slipped on day three of the Rocket Mortgage Classic to be T-70.
Lahiri got a 73 patent to drop the T-70 from a T-46 overnight. On a day when most parts of his game didn’t seem to be working, Lahiri only hit 6 of 14 fairways and eight of 18 greens in regulation. He is now 3 under the tournament.
Troy Merritt earned his first career PGA TOUR ace on the 11th par-3 hole en route to a split lead after 54 holes. Co-leader Joaquin Niemann is bogeyless through 54 holes in preparation for a second career PGA TOUR victory.
Niemann and Merritt are tied for first with under 14; Hank Lebioda and Cam Davis are tied for third at Under 13 and Brandon Hagy at fifth at Under 12.
Lahiri started the day well with a birdie on the 397 yard par 4 first hole. He hit the green in half and landed a 20-foot putt for a birdie. But he missed the second by 4, entering the green in three and two putts.
A birdie on the seventh par 5 for 552 yards after a good chip brought him down to 1 under. He gave that shot at the eighth par 4. When he bogeyed the ninth par-3, he was again at 1 for the round. Lahiri bogeyed 12th but birdied in the 14th par 5 for 73.
The best player in Asia was Sungjae Im of Korea who enters the last four-man round after shooting a 69.
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