India’s star in golf Anirban Lahiri will start his campaign of the three biggest tournaments in golf of the season with the first being The Open at Royal Troon in the coming week.
The golfer who is the current Asian champion is keen to hit the purple patch before this year’s third Major in Scotland from July 14-17. Post this, he will take part in the PGA Championship at Baltusrol and to conclude with the Olympics at Rio de Janeiro in August.
Lahiri will mark his 4th appearance at The Open, a tournament where he debuted in 2012 and finished at a tied 31st outing. Last year, his run included aA a magical hole-in-one during the third round and equal 30th.
“The Open is truly a special tournament,” said Anirban Lahiri.
“I’ve had a couple of decent outings but feel like I missed out both times on a top-10 finish. Hopefully Troon suits my eye and I can play consistently throughout the week. A top-10 or better would be my goal this year,” added the Indian golfer.
Since the very time he celebrated with his caddie and his father who was in the galleries when he had holed out his tee shot for the ace in 2012, Anirban has looked forward to the challenge of link golf, to mark his return to the top strata.
He competed in his rookie season in the US on the PGA Tour, however despite missing only 4 cuts from 17 starts he registered only a single top-10 to his name.
Competing on a new golf course every week has been his biggest challenge.
“I like playing links courses. You have to be creative and strategically efficient to play well on them. Also I am comfortable flighting down my ball-flight which is a must in windy conditions,” said Lahiri.
“It’s been a very slow and sluggish season. I have been inconsistent and have got off to good starts on a few occasions only to have a disappointing weekend. It’s frustrating when your ‘A’ game feels right around the corner but does not show up as frequently as you would like.
“In any case the first season on a new tour is always the toughest and I’m satisfied that I am in a good position to keep my playing privileges for next year. Still, I would like to finish the season with a win and contend a few more times in the coming weeks.”