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Lahiri: If you miss the fairway, you’re gone

Calcutta: Day One of the McLeod Russel Tour Championship, PGTI’s season-ending meet, saw the golfers struggling to come to terms with the challenging Royal Calcutta Golf Course, on Wednesday.

The following are what some of the golfers had to say about the course (alphabetically)

Manav Jaini (tied second)

It’s a challenging course. The greens are faster and you do not have much option of the back-spin. You cannot hit the ball long. It was a tough day for me but I enjoyed every bit of it. It was sort of an eye-opener for me.

Rashid Khan (tied second)

A very tough course. A challenging one. It’s real test of skill here. Last time I played here the course was completely different. The RCGC has done a wonderful job. If you do not play in challenging courses how will you be able to compete abroad? I enjoyed the challenge. The fairways are narrower so cannot hit the ball long. Thursday will be an interesting day.

Anirban Lahiri (tied 32nd)

The course is playing very tough. The roughs are thick so it was difficult once you missed the fairway. The bottomline is if you miss the fairway on this course, then you are gone. I paid dearly for being wayward. The win also was not consistent. Sometimes it was dead, suddenly 5 kmph or 10 kmph. You can handle consistent wind even if it is blowing at 20 kmph.

Mohammed Zamal Hossain Mollah (tied second)

I had to give my all. It was a real test for me. I began badly (the 24-year-old from Bangladesh began with a bogey) but gained in confidence.