'Funny guy' Lahiri hopes to have last laugh #PresidentsCup

Wed 07 Oct 2015

'Funny guy' Lahiri hopes to have last laugh #PresidentsCup

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Incheon, Korea, October 7: India’s Anirban Lahiri, dubbed the ‘funny man’ in the International Team, hopes to enjoy the last laugh with his teammates by wresting the Presidents Cup from the United States this week.
Lahiri, the current Asian Tour number one, will partner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand to face American duo Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker in the third Foursome match at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club when the biennial team contest begins on Thursday.
“He brings a great sense of humour to the team,” said International Captain Nick Price. “A lot of guys didn't realise how funny he is but he has a really good sense of humour and he's just so keen to get out there and play.”
Vice Captain K.J. Choi chipped in: “He is a funny guy. He’s good for the team. He hits it very long and is very aggressive. I think he’ll be very good this week.”
The 28-year-old Lahiri has certainly enjoyed the first three days of bonding and bantering with teammates such as Jason Day, Adam Scott and Louis Oosthuizen, all Major winners. But he is ready to get all serious when business begins on Thursday.
“Well, at least someone thinks I'm funny,” smiled the debutant, one of five rookies in Price’s team.
“It's nice to keep the mood light. Just relax a little bit, because once we go out there all of us are just focused on making sure that the Presidents Cup, now that it's come to Asia, stays in Asia and stays with the Internationals.
“It's a very focused mood. At the same time it's quite lively and humorous, so it's a good mix,” added the Indian, who is the first from his country to play in the Presidents Cup.
[pullquote align="left"]A lot of guys didn't realise how funny he is but he has a really good sense of humour and he's just so keen to get out there and play. - Nick Price on Anirban Lahiri[/pullquote]He can’t wait to team up with fellow debutant and the in-form Thongchai, who at 45 is the oldest player in the Presidents Cup, to face Fowler and Walker.
“Definitely believe that I belong here and I think it will be good evidence if I can put up a good few points for my team. I think it was quite natural for Thongchai and me to be teamed up. Honestly, I can't ask for a better partner. He's one of the most consistent golfers out there. Even in a stellar lineup like we have, I think he's probably one of the most consistent. Jimmy's a good friend and Rickie is a great player. Everyone out here can play golf but tomorrow we're looking to get the job done.”
With the Americans, led by world number one Jordan Spieth, winning eight of the 10 editions of the Presidents Cup, including the last five, Lahiri believes the International Team has done all things possible to turn the tide, including watching highlights of 1998 - the only time the Internationals won the Cup.
“There have been a couple of messages that we have received from certain individuals. I'm not at liberty to reveal that. There have been a lot of things that we've heard and read this week that has motivated us. Not that we need it but it helps when you get that extra fire to go out there tomorrow and just compete,” said Lahiri.
“I think the way all of us are playing, we are all pretty confident with our games right now. It's just about gelling tomorrow, and I think so far we've bonded really well over the last three days, whether it's Korean food, whether it's table tennis or whatever as that goes on in the team room and in the team suite in the hotel. It's been fantastic.”
Lahiri thinks the rookies, who includes Sangmoon Bae of Korea, Danny Lee of New Zealand and Australian Steven Bowditch, can provide the sparks for the International Team to rise to the occasion.
“We're all young and we're all fearless. We haven't experienced the low yet when it comes to the Presidents Cup, and I think that's going to work to our favour, whether it's Danny or Sangmoon.”
“Everything is focused towards going out there and playing our best and just doing whatever it takes to hold that Cup on Sunday. I think all of us are dedicated to this. I think the passion is showing among all of us.”
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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