Back 9 with Lahiri

Fri 12 Apr 2013

Back 9 with Lahiri

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April 12: We begin our Back 9 series with three-time Asian Tour winner and India’s rising star Anirban Lahiri. In this column, we capture a different side of Lahiri where he talks about his new BlackBerry phone and the best advice received as a golfer.
1)      What is the one tournament that you want to win in Asia and around the world?
I would like to win the Hero Indian Open, which is one event which every Indian golfer wants to win. If I could choose one event around the world, it would be to win the Masters Tournament.
2)      If there was one rule of golf which you can change, what would it be?
I would like to change the fact that we can’t repair spike marks. I think it is really unfair because we can repair pitch marks.
3)      How do you describe yourself as a golfer?
I think I’m a bit temperamental but overall, I would say that I’m a smart golfer.
4)      Which golf course do you really want to play on?
The Augusta National Golf Club.
5)      What would you do if there’s no internet or television in your hotel room during the tournament week?
I would play with my new BlackBerry 10 which I’ve uploaded with videos and music that will keep me entertained for the whole day.
6)      What is your best advice received as a professional golfer?
I’ve received a lot of advice from a lot of good golfers but the one thing which they all tell me is to love the game and enjoy it. I think that’s what I need to keep doing for the rest of my career.
7)      When you win a golf tournament, who do you want to see when you sink that winning putt?
It will be my dad. I think he will probably be more excited than me.
8)      What is your least favourite question by the media?
How do you feel about that double bogey or what were you thinking when you hit that ball out of bounds?
9)      What is the oldest club in your golf bag?
My putter which is a year and a half old.
About Anirban
Country:                      India
Date Of Birth:              June 29, 1987
Residence:                   Bangalore
Family:                          Single
Turned Pro:                 2007
ASIAN TOUR VICTORIES:  (3) 2011 Panasonic Open India, 2012 SAIL-SBI Open, India, 2013 SAIL-SBI Open, India.
PRO WINS: (2) 2009 Haryana Open, India, 2009 BILT Open, India.
AMATEUR WINS: Six amateur wins between 2006 and 2007.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Anirban enjoyed a memorable 2012, winning his second Asian Tour title at the SAIL-SBI Open in India after a play-off triumph over Prom Meesawat of Thailand. He successfully defended his title in 2013 when he defeated Rashid Khan in a play-off. Also enjoyed four other top-10s and a successful Major debut at the British Open where he finished tied 31st. Had a magical ace during the third round. He fulfilled his potential as one of India’s rising stars when he won his maiden Asian Tour title at the 2011 Panasonic Open India. He triumphed in a three-way play-off against compatriot Manav Jaini and Singaporean veteran Mardan Mamat at the Delhi Golf Club, coming back from three strokes on the back nine. Also registered two other top-10s at the SAIL Open on home soil and Queen’s Cup in Thailand. He came close to securing his first win on the Asian Tour when he battled into contention at the 2010 Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open, only to finish tied-fourth. The Indian’s two other top-10s in 2010 were at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters and Handa Singapore Classic. Anirban enjoyed a strong 2009 season when he posted five top-10s with a fourth place finish at the Black Mountain Masters in Thailand and tied third at the Hero Honda Indian Open being his best finish. Credited mind coach Dr Pradeep Aggarwal for helping him to focus better. He was part of the Indian national team which included Gaganjeet Bhullar that won the team silver medal in the 2006 Doha Asian Games. Says his friendship with Bhullar has helped them to push each other to greater heights.