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Indian buddies Lahiri, Chikkarangappa share lead in Macao Open
October 15, 2016 / 3:31 PM / in a year

Indian buddies Lahiri, Chikkarangappa share lead in Macao Open

(Reuters) - Indians Anirban Lahiri and Seenappa Chikkarangappa shot matching third rounds of 69 to share the lead in the Macao Open at 10 under par on Saturday.

2016 Rio Olympics - Golf - Men's Individual Stroke Play - Olympic Golf Course - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 13/08/2016. Anirban Lahiri (IND) of India hits his tee shot on the third hole during the third round of the men's Olympic golf compeititon. REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

The two close friends were one stroke ahead of a group of five players, including Thailand’s Rattanon Wannasrichan who fired a sparkling 65 for the best round of the day.

“It’ll be tough. Chikka is a fierce competitor. It’ll be good to battle it out with him,” said Lahiri, the reigning Asian Tour number one who won the Macao title in 2014 and was runner-up last year.

England’s Ian Poulter, returning to tournament golf following a four-and-a-half month layoff with a foot injury, shot a level-par 71 to lie joint 14th at five under par.

Reporting by Ed Osmond, editing by Ian Chadband

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