Lahiri has his eyes set on #IMGOLF16 title

Wed 05 Oct 2016

Lahiri has his eyes set on #IMGOLF16 title

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Jakarta, October 5: Anirban Lahiri of India is spurred on by the memory of his victory two years ago as he prepares to challenge for the US$750,000 BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Zurich which starts on Thursday.
Lahiri produced a memorable victory in Indonesia in 2014 where he sank a clutch eagle putt on the 72nd hole to win his first Asian Tour title outside of India. The win also sparked a sensational two-year run where he was crowned the Order of Merit champion in 2015.
Having enjoyed a relatively good season so far in 2016 where he retained his PGA Tour card and represented his country in the Olympics in August, Lahiri is hoping to return to the winner’s circle at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.
Thitiphun Chuayprakong of Thailand Thitiphun Chuayprakong of Thailand
“I have a lot of fond memories here. It was my first win outside of India. To win on the 72nd hole with an eagle, it was dark and it was dramatic but it was also amazing. This is a golf course which I enjoy playing on,” said Lahiri.
“When I won this event, it was the start of one of the best phases of my career so far. In 2014 and 2015, I won four times and I got my European Tour, PGA Tour cards and broke into the top-50 in the world.
“This year has been a big adjustment for me to move from the Asian Tour to the European Tour and to the PGA Tour. Firstly the competition is much tougher. I got injured a few months ago, in fact, this is only my second tournament after my injury,” added the Indian.
The 29-year-old Lahiri will be joined by countryman Gaganjeet Bhullar and Lu Wei-chih of Chinese Taipei, who won in Korea and on home soil respectively last week, and local hope George Gandaranata.
“I’m working on my health because I’ve travelled too much. I played 64 events in two years at one point and that included playing on three different Tours. I’ve come back here looking to build up some form. This is Asia and this is home for me. This is where I started my journey so hopefully when I go back to the United States in a few months, I will carry all the positivity with me,” said Lahiri.
Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong hopes to make amends after leading in Korea for three rounds before finishing in sixth place. He enjoyed a fifth place finish in the event last year and is determined to build on his good run of form.
“After I finished the round last week, I looked back at all the mistakes I made. I talked to my caddy and my father because he knew what happened to me. I told myself, never mind, I have a chance to win in Indonesia and in many more events.
George Gandranata of Indonesia George Gandranata of Indonesia
“I finished fifth here last year and it is a new week for me. Honestly, I don’t want to think about the past. My game is good after playing in the pro-am and I’m feeling confident again,” added the 24-year-old Thitiphun.
After winning his sixth Asian Tour title in Korea last week, Bhullar is now aiming for back-to-back victories in a country where he has tasted success previously at the 2009 Indonesia President Invitational and 2013 Indonesia Open.
“This is a place where I’ve played well in the past so I’m feeling very confident of my chances. I’ve got fond memories of this place and I’m striking the ball well. The golf course is set up in a really good way,” said Bhullar.
Asian Development Tour (ADT) winner Gandranata is not fazed by the pressure of performing well in front of his home crowd. He will be among 26 local players aiming to become the first Indonesian to win the prestigious event.
“Pressure playing at home? I like pressure. It helps you perform better. I think as a professional you have to deal with the pressure. I like playing at home and in front of my home fans. It is a great opportunity and experience for me to grow in my career,” said Gandranata.
For more information on the BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Zurich visit http://www.indonesianmasters.co.id/
About Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI)
Established on 5 July 1946, BNI was Indonesia’s first national bank after Indonesia’s independence. With over 1,800 branches in Indonesia, along with overseas branches in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, and New York and Seoul, BNI currently serves over 18 million customers. BNI constantly strives towards being a financial institution with excellence in service and performance, while believing in a strong corporate culture. With over 27,000 employees, BNI believes that its employees are the most valuable asset of the company, and actively aims to create the best conditions and work experience for its employees. For more information, visit www.bni.co.id
About Zurich
Gaganjeet Bhullar of India Gaganjeet Bhullar of India
Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurance provider with more than 55,000 employees worldwide serving customers in more than 170 countries. Founded in Switzerland in 1872, Zurich has more than 140 years of experience serving businesses globally. As part of Zurich Insurance Group in Indonesia, Zurich represented by two joint venture companies which are Zurich Topas Life and Zurich Insurance Indonesia.
Zurich Topas Life is a life insurance company that is registered and is under the supervision of the Indonesian Financial Services Authority. Established in 2010, Zurich Topas Life provides a wide range of life insurance product to serve customers in various segment. With more than 17.000 customers and supported by more than 6000 agents in sales offices spread across major cities throughout Indonesia.
Zurich Insurance Indonesia is a general insurance company, registered and under the supervision of the Indonesian Financial Services Authority. Established in 1991, Zurich Insurance Indonesia serves individual customers, SMEs and corporations. More than 1200 travel agents, 80 brokers,  800 agents distribute Zurich Insurance’s products besides the online travel webshop available in Zurich Indonesia’s corporate website.
For more information about Zurich Indonesia, please visit www.zurich.co.id
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 ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner), Bloomberg TV (Official International Media Sponsor), Bloomberg Businessweek Chinese (Official Business Publication Sponsor) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.
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