2013 Stars To Watch: Anirban Lahiri

Wed 13 Feb 2013

2013 Stars To Watch: Anirban Lahiri

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February 13: As part of our on-going feature where we gaze into the crystal ball to pick out the stars to look out for in the new 2013 season, India’s Anirban Lahiri is among the great talents on the Asian Tour who has been tipped for bigger things to come.
By Calvin Koh, Communications Manager
He described 2012 as a very good year which can only get better.
After winning his second Asian Tour title on home soil at the SBI-SAIL Open last year, India’s Anirban Lahiri’s form and fortunes only got better.
Fresh from another home victory at the Delhi Golf Club, Lahiri then propelled into the global spotlight when he finished tied-31st at the British Open with his major debut highlighted by a hole-in-one during his third round.
His foray into Europe was again highlighted by his stellar performance during the first round of the Omega European Masters where he grabbed a share of the clubhouse lead on the opening day.
Although he faded in the subsequent rounds, do expect Lahiri- who has credited his Vipassna meditation for playing a huge role in helping turn his performances around, to bounce back strongly as he continues his quest for another victory beyond the comforts of home.
Lahiri has always enjoyed impressive results on home soil. Apart from his win at the SBI-SAIL Open, the 25-year-old secured two other top-10s at the Panasonic Open India and Hero Indian Open.
While another home win could be on the cards, a triumph outside India is also another possibility given his form and talent.
India holds the proud record of having produced the most number of Asian Tour Order of Merit champions, through Arjun Atwal in 2003, Jeev Milkha Singh in 2006 and 2008 and Jyoti Randhawa, the country’s first Asian number one in 2002.
Lahiri finished the season in 10th position on the Order of Merit last season and with his sterling performances in 2012 serving as an impetus for him to do better, look out for Lahiri as he strives to add his name to India’s distinguished list of merit winners.
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