Lahiri Blog: Staying patient is key in Royal Melbourne

Sat 23 Nov 2013

Lahiri Blog: Staying patient is key in Royal Melbourne

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Melbourne, VIC, November 23: Anirban Lahiri of India returned a two-over-par 73 in the third round of the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf on Saturday, dropping to tied 27th position. This is his blog from Royal Melbourne Golf Club.
By Anirban Lahiri
It’s hard work around golf courses like this. I made one big mistake, double bogey on four and apart from that, I played flawless golf. On 13, I made a stupid three putt, should not have made that. But that can happen. I got it back on 14.
Last four holes, two pretty easy holes. 15 is a reachable par five, hit it straight down the middle in a perfect position but was waiting for the green to clear and lost my concentration and hit it right and lost my ball. Hit my provision to about six feet from 282 yards for par and missed that par putt and lipped out. Three putted on 16 and missed a 10 footer for birdie on 18. It leaves a really bad tastes in the mouth.
What’s done is done. I just have to focus a bit harder tomorrow down the stretch.
There was a new pin on 13. I paid the penalty for not knowing where to miss it and faced an impossible putt. That could easily happen on a course like this. It’s been a fascinating 14 or 15 days in Australia so far.
Last week, I tried to force it a bit (at the Australian Masters where he missed the cut) and it comes back to bite you even harder. You have to keep yourself in position and wait for those putts to go in. Try to build whatever momentum you can get. On a course like this, it’s all about momentum and if you get on a positive run, you want to try to keep it going.
Unfortunately, I made lots of birdies but also a lot of bogeys and a double. I’ve got to keep the mistakes off the card tomorrow.