#HIO2015 Rd 4 What They Said

Sun 22 Feb 2015

#HIO2015 Rd 4 What They Said

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Anirban Lahiri (Ind) – Final Round 69 (-2), Total 277 (-7)
The new Hero Indian Open winner? That has a nice ring to it. I’m shocked. I really didn’t think that I will be in this position considering the way S.S.P. and Siddikur have been playing. I thought all of us were playing for third.
This is the toughest I’ve seen Delhi Golf Club play. It was very windy and it was not the usual wind when we come here. That’s the only reason why I had a chance today. My heart is out for S.S.P. and I really hope that he gets his European Tour card this year.
I didn’t know what was going on until reached the ninth green. I was walking up and my caddy said we have a chance. I asked him what is he talking about and he replied that S.S.P. is having a bad round. That’s when I looked at the leaderboard and I was one shot behind.
I thought that Marcus Fraser holed that 15-footer for birdie (on 18th hole). I wasn’t aware that it was for par. In my head I was getting ready for a three-way play-off. I was definitely quite comfortable. I’ve been in a play-off four times here and I’ve won every other time so I felt quite comfortable.
The 12, 13 and 14 were the three toughest holes. I bogeyed 14 and dropped to six-under. I was talking to my caddy that if we get up to eight, we would have a chance. In my mind I was trying to make birdies in the last four holes but it was more difficult than I had imagined.
I think the last time I won, Mardan Mamat had a similar shot on 17. He had hit it right just like I did today but I was lucky it didn’t go into the bush. He wasn’t too fortunate in 2011. That chip in was crucial. I didn’t want to come down 18, needing to eagle it. Even when I played 18 in regulation play, I thought I needed to birdie it. That chip-in was easily the shot of the day. It was magical when it went in.
At the start of the week, I knew that if I put in a good performance it would pretty much secure my place in The Masters. I didn’t think I would win after the last three days of golf. It is fantastic. Now the whole world is opened to me. I’m really excited. This is what dreams are made of.
Looking back and looking forward to what have and will happen. This is something that will take some time to sink in. I have to stay focus and ride the momentum. I got a slice of luck and that doesn’t happen often in everyone’s career where things go so well. I’m going to try to keep playing well and see what happens.
During my practice this morning, I saw how windy it was and in my mind I thought if I finish on -10, I would have a chance to finish third. It has been a crazy week, I think I made 17 bogeys this week. I wasn’t in control of my swing but I managed to keep myself in it. Somehow I managed to hang in there and in this type of conditions, that was what I needed to do.
I was talking to S.S.P. and he told me how he struggled today. If I have to pick a moment, I would say 17 but making birdie on 16 was clutch. When the conditions are like these, every par is like gold.
I still have to play well. The Presidents Cup is still a long way to go. I’m definitely going to have an eye on that. I don’t think we have many Asians playing in that event before.
I really feel for Chawrasia because I was talking to him and he was really disappointed. This is his fourth time finishing second in the Indian Open and that’s a terrible feeling! I really feel for him but he is playing well and I really wish that he gets his European Tour card. He is going to South Africa next week and I hope that he continues to play the way he is playing.
My father, wife and trainer have been with me this week. I hugged my father and I told him that you are lucky for me because he also walked with me at The Open previously. It is not something which happens often but every Indian puts winning the Indian Open on their bucket list. I couldn’t have asked for a better day.
S.S.P. Chawrasia (Ind) – Final Round 76 (+5), Total 277 (-7)
I am happy with how I performed this week, it’s been a great week and I played well for three day and had some bad shots in the final round but it’s ok. The problem today was the wind. It was gusting a lot and made it very difficult. I am proud of myself for hanging in there to make the play-off and there is always a next time. Anirban is a great friend and he played well to win the play-off. I am playing well and hopefully it continues like this.