Anirban Lahiri. Pic: Getty Images/ PGA Tour
La Quinta, California, Jan 23: It was a very modest day out at the Stadium Course for Anirban Lahiri, who with a birdie and a bogey on either side of the course produced an even Par 72 in windy conditions but fell to T-45 after 54 holes in the American Express. The
In his first outing in 2022, Lahiri is now 8-under, courtesy of 69-67 on first two days and will be back on the Stadium Course for the final round as the Top-70 made the cut from 156 professionals.
While Lahiri slipped, Indian-American Sahith Theegala built on his second round of 10-under 62 with a 4-under 68 in third round to move to 14-under and T-11.
Two rookies, Lee Hodges (64) and Paul Barjon (65) shared the lead as the reigning FedExCup champion, Patrick Cantlay (72) dropped to T-11.
Lahiri opened with a neat birdie on first but gave that gain away with a bogey on Par-3 sixth and turned in even. On the back nine he bogeyed the 15th but made up on the next at 16th. In the third round, when there was wind going up to 28 miles per hour, Lahiri did not give himself too many opportunities inside 10 feet.
Hodges and Barjon had the advantage of a late tee time and they missed a bit of the wind and had decent conditions at least on back nine. Both are making their 14th Tour start.
Tom Hoge seeking his first career PGA TOUR title in his 201st start is third at 17-under after 68.
After opening with a 10-under 62 at La Quinta and 4-under 68 at Nicklaus, Cantlay dropped with an even-par 72 on the Stadium Course. It ended his streak of 21 consecutive rounds in the 60s.
World No. 1 and 2018 American Express champion Jon Rahm shit 5-under 67 and is 13-under and is T-15.
Defending champion Si Woo Kim is T24 at 11-under 205, while Phil Mickelson once again missed the cut at the event.