JEJU, SOUTH KOREA – OCTOBER 21: Anirban Lahiri of India hits his tee shot on the 18th hole during the third round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges on October 21, 2017 in Jeju, South Korea. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
LA QUINTA, California, Jan 17: Anirban Lahiri returning to thee event after a gap of two years shot two-under 70 at the Nicklaus Tournament course in the first round of the American Express Golf tournament. Them tournament which is played as a Pro-Am is played over three courses, the La Quinta, Nicklaus Tournament and Stadium courses and the cut is applied after the third round with the final round being held at the Stadium Course.
Lahiri was lying T-74thand will play the tough Stadium Course on the second day and the La Quinta on Saturday. The last two times Lahiri has played at La Quinta he has show 64 each.
Lahiri, who missed the cut in his first start of the year at Sony Open, had five birdies against three bogeys including one on his 17thhole.
Starting from the tenth tee, Lahiri birdied thee 11th, 14th, 18th, second and seventh. He bogeyed the 15th, second and eighth.
Zac Blair and Grayson Murray shot eight-under 64 each on different golf courses to share the first round lead, while Rickie Fowler, playing the event for the first time in six years shot seven-under 65 to be one shot alongside Scottie Scheffler and Hank Lebioda.
Blair, Fowler and Scheffler played at La Quinta, while Murray played at the Stadium Course and Lebioda played his first round at the Nicklaus Tournament course.
Phil Mickelson in his first round of the year shot 2-under 70 to fall six strokes behind Blair and Murray. Mickelson is also the tournament host. Playing partner Tony Finau shot 69.
Defending champion Adam Long opened with a 69 at La Quinta.
At the American Express amateurs compete alongside the pros in a pro-am competition. On the first day amateur Laurent Hurtubise had the shot of the day. Hurtubise, who was born with one arm, made a hole-in-one on the 151-yard fourth hole of PGA West’s Stadium Course. Hurtubise plays golf with his left arm as his right ends just below his elbow.
His partner was three-time PGA TOUR winner Troy Merritt and the other pro in the group was pro Greg Chalmers, a left-hander himself.