Anirban vows to rise from disappointment #PresidentsCup

Sun 11 Oct 2015

Anirban vows to rise from disappointment #PresidentsCup

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Incheon, Korea, October 11: India’s Anirban Lahiri will remember his Presidents Cup debut for a very long time.
The current Asian Tour number one agonisingly lipped out a birdie putt from three feet on the 18th hole which would have earned his International Team a half point with Chris Kirk on a dramatic final day singles session which saw the United States claim a nerve-jangling 15.5 to 14.5 victory at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea.
“These things are scripted I guess, and I wasn't in the script this time,” said a despondent Lahiri after his 1-up defeat.
“On 18, I guess it wasn't meant to be, unfortunately. I was pretty sure what the line was and I made a good stroke. But I did what I've done all week, misread putts. It looked like right in to me. That's why I hit it. Went left to right and caught a big part of the lip. Spat it out.”
Lahiri was 2-down through 11 but fought back to draw level by winning the 12th and 14th holes. The match went up to the par five 18th hole and Lahiri seemed to have the upperhand by getting close for birdie while Kirk left himself with a tricky 15-footer.
The American however produced an exquisite stroke for a well deserved four which turned the pressure on Lahiri, who subsequently missed. American Bubba Watson, who also missed a similar length putt on the last green to halve his match with Thongchai Jaidee, immediately went up to the Indian to offer his support.
“I had Bubba come up to me about a minute after we finished and he said he had done the same exact thing. Both of us thought - I guess. I have to give credit to Chris for making that putt,” said Lahiri, who will defend his Venetian Macao Open title next week.
International Team Captain Nick Price believes Lahiri, and Korea’s Sangmoon Bae, whose anchor singles match against Bill Haas proved to be the Presidents Cup decider which the Korean lost 2-up on the 18th green, would benefit from the experience of being in a pressure-cooker atmosphere.
“They were in very difficult predicaments, which I don't think they have ever felt before. But it's all part of the experience. Today is a day they will never forget, but I hope they use it in a positive way to take the next step,” said Price.
“I said to Anirban, you know, he may never have a putt that he'll be that nervous over, but he hit a great putt. It was just a little unlucky it didn't go in. Probably 95 times out of 100, that putt would have gone in. But that's what makes this event so special.”
Lahiri ended his Presidents Cup campaign, where was the first Indian to feature with the biennial team event, with three losses but vowed to fight his way back into the International Team in two years’ time.
“I haven't had any momentum all week really. Today was similar. I didn't play too badly. But just didn't get anything going,” he said. “I knew that the half point was equally important. The full point would've been I guess game changing, but the half point would've also given us a little more of a chance.
“This is certainly not how I would've wanted to have my first Presidents Cup play out. I do feel terrible right now. It's going to be hard for me to sleep tonight, I think. I'm sure the rest of the team is going to help me out with that with the evening's festivities.
“I would like to rewind and just change the last 10 seconds of it. I think it wasn't meant to be. Hopefully I get a chance to redeem myself in years to come. That's what I did and it didn't go in. That's how the cookie crumbles.”
About The Presidents Cup
The Presidents Cup, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe – is held every two years, and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues. The Presidents Cup was developed to give the world’s best non-European players an opportunity to compete in international team match-play competition. The U.S. Team has won eight of the 10 previous Presidents Cups, and the only win by the International Team came at the 1998 event in Melbourne. The Presidents Cup 2003 ended in a tie. The Presidents Cup 2015 will be held Oct. 6-11 when the biennial competition makes its first trip to Asia.  Nick Price and Jay Haas will serve as captains of the International and U.S. Teams, respectively.  Korea’s K.J. Choi was named the first vice-captain in Presidents Cup history and will help Price lead the International Team in front of what is sure to be a supportive “home” crowd.
Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea will be the fourth international venue to host The Presidents Cup, joining The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (1998, 2011); The Links at Fancourt, George, South Africa (2003); and The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2007).  The event is projected to be broadcast in 225 countries and territories, reaching more than 1 billion homes in 30 different languages around the world.
The Presidents Cup is a unique golf event in that there is no purse or prize money; instead, each player, captain and captain’s assistant allocates an equal portion of the funds generated to charities of his choice. Since the inception of The Presidents Cup in 1994, more than $32 million has been raised for charity from event proceeds, including more than $5 million from The Presidents Cup 2013. Over the past 20 years, The Presidents Cup has impacted more than 450 charities in 15 countries worldwide and 35 states in the U.S.
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About Incheon Metropolitan City
Uniting the community Bringing Incheon to the world, Incheon is rapidly becoming one of the most prominent cities in Northeast Asia, as well as one of the best cities in which to live. Incheon has been trading with foreign countries since the Three Kingdoms Period, and was the first city in Korea to accept Western culture in 1883.
Throughout its history, Incheon has been at the center of Korea’s modernization. Today, more than 2.9 million people live in its 10 districts, called ‘gus’ and ‘guns,’ as well as on the more than 150 beautiful islands of Ganghwa-gun and Ongjin-gun. Incheon is now one of the three major cities of Korea.
About Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea
At 7,380 yards (6,748 meters) for the tournament, the par 72 Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea is the first and only golf club in Korea to carry the name of the Golden Bear himself.  Its dramatic park land, links and rock formation styles are in perfect harmony with the panoramic views of Incheon Bay and the skyline of the Songdo International Business District. Crafted by the hand of master himself, the Jack Nicklaus design features unique fairway routings, a variety of tee locations, and greens protected by strategically located bunkers and hazards that provide special challenge to golfers of all levels.  In 2010 and 2011 the course hosted the PGA Champions Tour Songdo Championship event.  The Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea is proud to have been selected as the host venue for The Presidents Cup in 2015, the first time the event will be contested in Asia.  For more information visit: www.jacknicklausgolfclubkorea.com.