Lahiri aims for more glory in Singapore

Wed 30 Apr 2014

Lahiri aims for more glory in Singapore

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Singapore, April 30: India’s Anirban Lahiri is ready to establish himself as another genuine title contender when The Championship at Laguna National gets underway on Thursday.
Fresh from winning his first Asian Tour title abroad in Indonesia last week, the 26-year-old is determined to extend his winning run and challenge for more glory at the US$1.5 million event that is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
With the mental barrier of achieving success away from home broken down, the four-time Asian Tour winner has set his sights on further glory.
“Last week in Indonesia was a great result for me. I’ve to focus on what needs to be done next. This event is a great opportunity for me to step up another level in my game and there is still a lot to play for this week,” said Lahiri.
Lahiri is the highest ranked Asian and second highest player after Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger in the field this week.
The world number 67 wants to push himself further and has given himself a target of finishing inside the world’s top-50 and winning the Asian Tour Order of Merit title by the end of the season.
“I think last week’s win has put me closer to the goal but there is still a long way to go. For short-term goal, I hope I can win again this week to get into top 60 and qualify for the US Open.
My other goal is to contend for the Asian Tour Order of Merit this year. Last week’s win put me in a great position and it’ll be another good opportunity for me to do that as well this week,” said Lahiri.
Lahiri credits the EurAsia Cup for his growing confidence and ability to assert himself on the world stage. The Indian played a key role in securing two points for Team Asia in the epic draw with Team Europe in the Ryder Cup style event in Malaysia last month.
“The EurAsia Cup has really boosted my confidence and it has helped my game tremendously. I’m definitely looking for another performance like in Indonesia again,” said Lahiri.
Lahiri’s title challenge at The Championship will be put to test by Wiesberger who is looking to end his three-week run in South East Asia on a high after finishing tied second and 10th in Malaysia and Indonesia respectively.
“I’ve not played too much golf this year and when I have, I’ve not played too well except for my top ten in Dubai. So I’ve been looking forward to the Asian swing,” said the world number 64.
I’ve always played well over here and that is what I’ve done that last two weeks, finishing second in KL and tenth last week in Indonesia. So the form is alright, I’ve been making some birdies, and let’s hope I can continue doing that this week,” added Wiesberger.
Meanwhile Korea’s Kang Sung-hoon is hoping to create a similar impact like what compatriot and 2010 Asian Tour Order of Merit winner Noh Seung-yul has done with his maiden win on the PGA Tour last week.
“It’s good to see Noh Seung-yul winning on the PGA Tour last week. The Koreans are definitely making an impression in the world golf scene. I would love to do well this week,” said Kang.
Kang, who topped his domestic merit rankings in 2013, is also looking forward to bringing some cheers back to Korea in light of the recent Sewol ferry tragedy.
“All the people in Korea right now is depressed with the ferry disaster a couple of weeks ago. I will just do my best this week and get my best result. Hopefully it can serve as a consolation for them back home. I will continue to pray for the souls of the departed,” said Kang.
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About The Asian Tour
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), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant) 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.
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About Laguna National Golf & Country Club
A prominent golf club in the local and regional golf scene since its inauguration in 1993, Laguna National is one of Singapore’s premier golf and country clubs offering two eighteen-hole championship courses. A private Members’ Club, it also hosts corporate events through invitation and reference only, and offers food and beverage options as well as tennis facilities. Laguna National is elevating its game with a multi-million dollar facelift, which includes a full redesign and upgrade of the existing clubhouse. The construction of a branded boutique resort hotel is underway, with target completion at the end of 2015. Upon its launch, Laguna National will boast a state-of-the-art union of a world-class golf club, and 206-room and villa branded resort hotel with full facilities including a spa, a driving range, and a fitness center.
Over the years, Laguna National has won various local and international accolades. Its two eighteen-hole championship courses, namely World Classic and Masters Courses, have hosted Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Dougherty and Vijay Singh. The Masters Course served as home for the European Tour’s Singapore Masters from 2002 through 2007. The Club has since solidified its reputation further by receiving Tiger Woods on its World Classic Course for a private event during his maiden visit to Singapore in November 2011. In November 2012 Laguna National hosted the first ever overseas Korean LPGA Tour event and the inaugural Prudential Causeway Trophy in June 2013. The Prudential Causeway Trophy continues its second edition at Laguna National’s World Classic Course in June 2014.
About The Masters Course
The award-winning Masters Course is best known for hosting world class golfers such as Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Dougherty and Vijay Singh. From 2002 through 2007, the Masters Course served as host of the European Tour’s Singapore Masters.
Ranked amongst the top courses in the world by Golf Digest International and Asian Golf Monthly, the Masters Course is characterised by a beautiful parkland landscape as it administers a stern test of golf. The Masters Course is over 7109 yards from the Championship Tees with a par of 72. The course rating is 74.0 and has a slope rating of 144.