Duo Wrestle for Glory

Tue 02 Apr 2013

Duo Wrestle for Glory

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New Delhi, April 2: Home favourites Anirban Lahiri and Digvijay Singh return to the scene of their famous victories determined to follow-up on their successes when the US$300,000 Panasonic Open India gets underway at the Delhi Golf Club on Thursday.
The Panasonic Open India was where Lahiri and Singh earned their career breakthroughs with Lahiri winning his maiden title at the inaugural edition in 2011 and Singh emerging victorious last year.
The Delhi Golf Club was once regarded as a bane for Lahiri but he showed that he has truly conquered his demons by winning all three of his Asian Tour titles at the venerable course.
“Obviously playing at Delhi Golf Club is special to me as I’ve won thrice here. This is my fifth tournament in a row and my match fitness is there. Physically and mentally I’m ready,” said the 25-year-old.
While meditation has also proven to be the perfect tonic for Lahiri to stay calm and focussed, the Indian also knows that accuracy rather than distance holds the key when taming the course.
“I’ve got more and more comfortable on this golf course and I seemed to have found my way around here. My Vipassna training has definitely helped me to stay focused but the key is also to stay out of the bushes and hit it onto the fairways at this golf course,” said Lahiri.

Since making his debut on the Asian Tour in 2008, Lahiri has been regarded as the next generation of players from India to lead golf in the country to greater heights.
His performances on the region’s premier Tour have since attracted much attention from fans and sponsors including Panasonic which is the title sponsor for this week’s full field Asian Tour event.
“Panasonic is one of my sponsors and it’ll be great if I can put up a strong performance that matches the support that they’ve shown me,” said Lahiri.
Meanwhile Singh is looking forward to continue his winning run in a tournament which has rejuvenated his career.
Having gone without a win in the last 12 years since making his Tour debut, Singh was in total control of his game last year, especially with his putting where he needed only 1.47 putts per green in regulation, ranking him first in the category then.
“This golf course has been really kind to me and I really hope that it’ll be even kinder this week. I know this golf course well enough. The way I played those last six holes was an injection of confidence last year and I would like to replicate the same feeling again,” said Singh.
“I played four solid rounds of golf in Chiangmai last week. Consistency was what I was looking for then and it’s exactly what I’m looking for again this week,” added the 41-year-old.
An adrenaline junkie where he often finds his thrills through adventure sports such as biking and skydiving, Singh is ready to face the stiff challenge from the strong field that features no fewer than 14 tournament winners who have a total of over 30 titles between themselves.
Players from over 19 nations are represented in the Panasonic Open India, making it a truly cosmopolitan field.

“Once you’ve jumped off a plane, you don’t feel any pressure especially when you’re standing on the first tee on the last round and in the last group. That really sounds, looks and feels a lot easier!” exclaimed Singh.
The top-three players at the Panasonic Open India will be extended invitations to the Asia-Pacific Panasonic Open, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation, in Osaka, Japan in September.
The Panasonic Open India will be beamed live throughout four days on the Asian Tour Media’s global television platform which reaches over 200 countries and 650 million homes.
About the Panasonic Open India 2013
The Panasonic Open India, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), will return for its third edition from April 4 to April 7. Local hero Digvijay Singh will defend the title at the US$300,000 event held at the Delhi Golf Club. The Asian Tour event will be title sponsored by Panasonic India Pte Ltd and supported by Incredible India, Ministry of Tourism and the Government of India. The Tournament will be played once again at the Host Venue Delhi Golf Club. Other sponsors include. Homestead (Platinum Sponsor) Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla (Official Hotel), Bentbrass (Official Apparel), Srixon (Official Ball), 4moles.com (Digital Media sponsor), GolfPlus Monthly (Magazine sponsor) and Inetol Headwear.
The tournament is organized and promoted by the Asian Tour. Get the latest news and tournament information on www.asiantour.com and www.4moles.com. You can also follow us on www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf and www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf
About Panasonic India
Panasonic makes available in India its wide range of consumer electronics and home appliances like LCD & Plasma TVs, DVD players, home theatre systems, cameras, camcorders, car audio systems, air conditioners, washing machines, refrigerators, microwave ovens, automatic cookers, vacuum cleaners and the like. The Company has a workforce of about 12,650 in India and estimated to do a turnover of Rs 10,000 crore in FY 2012. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand in India, please visit http://panasonic.co.in.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner), Canon (Official Imaging Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf