India's Anirban Lahiri ends Masters campaign with even-par 72

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Augusta (US), April 13: Star Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri carded an even-par 72 to take the 50th position after his fourth and final round in the Masters Tournament here on Sunday.

World No.34 Lahiri, who had a three-day total of four-over 220, finished his maiden appearance in the Major championship with four-over 292 as total at the Augusta National Golf Club.

Anirban Lahiri, of India, hits on the first hole during the fourth round of the Masters golf tournament Sunday

The current Asian Tour No.1 went about his business professionally and never dropped a shot. His riskfree approach also didn't give him any birdies.

But, it was a very good effort considering that he played a flawless round for the first time in four days.

Lahiri had scored one-under 71 in the first round, three-over 75 in the second round, two-over 74 in the third round.

The 27-year-old was only the third Indian after Jeev Milkha Sigh and Arjun Atwal to compete at the Masters.

Meanwhile, overnight leader Jordan Spieth, who has a four-stroke lead over Justin Rose, is yet to tee off.

The 21-year-old Spieth has a three-day total of 16-under 200 after 54 holes a record at the Masters going past 201 set by Raymond Floyd in 1976 and matched by Tiger Woods in 1997. Both Floyd and Woods went on to win the next day.

Last year's runner-up Spieth will need to shoot a 69 on Sunday to break Woods' 72-hole Masters scoring record of 18-under 270 in 1997. Floyd (1976) and Jack Nicklaus (1965) have the next lowest 72-hole score of 271.

The 21-year-old Texan is the first person at the Masters to hold the outright lead after each of the opening three rounds since Greg Norman in 1996.

Spieth's 22 birdies through 54 holes broke Woods' mark of 21 in 2005. Phil Mickelson has the Masters record for most birdies in 72 holes, making 25 in 2001.

If Spieth is able to ride his four-stroke, 54-hole lead to victory, he would become only the fifth wire-to-wire Masters champion, joining Craig Wood (1941), Arnold Palmer (1960), Nicklaus (1972) and Floyd (1976).

Rose is in the second spot with a total of 12-under 204 - one point ahead of third placed Phil Michelson.

Charley Hoffman has 206 as total, six strokes off the leader.

Fourteen-time Major champion Tiger Woods and world No.1 Rory McIlroy - both stand 10 strokes off the pace.

All these golfers are yet to start their final round.

IANS

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