Lahiri started with a birdie on the first and followed up with eight pars, though he had a couple of near misses including one which stopped on the lip on the third. At four-under through 27 holes, Lahiri, 18th overnight, had moved to tied 14th and was the best placed Asian player in the field.

Play today was delayed by over three hours because of rain and unplayable conditions and the water which had collected on some of the greens. The opening group did start at 6:32 am but found the green on first hole waterlogged and play was suspended till 10 am.

The 28-year-old Lahiri, winner of two European Tour titles this season at the Malaysian Open and Hero Indian Open, who was supposed to tee off at 7.17 am finally teed off at 10.41 am after nearly a three and a half hour wait.

Yesterday Lahiri got off to a great start at three-under with five birdies and two bogeys and by the time play ended in the first round, he was tied 18th for his best start in a Major, both in terms of scores and position.

Lahiri made great use of the good scoring conditions as there was no wind in the morning and it picked up only in the afternoon and at times was a headwind.

"That was a satisfying start, though I could have been just a little better," said Lahiri as he walked off the course. "I was delighted to finish even par on back nine as the conditions were tough on the back nine and I also had a lip out on 18th from around 12-15 feet," said Lahiri.

"On 14th I went into a fairway bunker and came out with a 5-Iron and then had about 208 yards to pin. I was hitting into the wind, which was really up. I used a 2-Iron, which I normally hit to 260 yards. The headwind meant it went much short and I had a 12-15 footer and holed it for a birdie," he added.

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