Lahiri hits top form to finish T2 at Memorial

Mon 05 Jun 2017

Lahiri hits top form to finish T2 at Memorial

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June 5: India’s Anirban Lahiri fired the day’s best of seven-under-par 65 to finish tied second at The Memorial Tournament in the United States on Sunday.
The 2015 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion brilliantly charged up the leaderboard at Muirfield Village with a burst of seven birdies to finish three shots behind champion Jason Dufner.
He carded earlier rounds of 75, 70, 69 to accumulate a 10-under-par 278 aggregate which helped him earn his best career finish on the PGA Tour in joint runner-up spot with Rickie Fowler.
It was a welcome return to form for the tenacious Lahiri who had missed the cut in four of his last six outings since finishing equal fifth at the Hero Indian Open in March.
Jeunghun Wang of Korea Jeunghun Wang of Korea
“I think as the week's progressed, I've gotten more comfortable. The first day, as well, I think I hit it good but just got out of position a few times. And then Friday was critical for me. I think I putted really well. And that's been probably the scratchy part of my game. Once I got that confidence, I wasn't putting that much pressure on myself to hit it every time,” said Lahiri.
“I haven't played well out here the last couple of months. I've been pretty harsh on myself. I've beat myself up pretty bad. And coming into this week I just decided to be nice to myself and go out there and enjoy my golf, which I found wasn't happening as often as it should. And it's been great weather. And it's a great golf course. So I just went out and had fun.”
Lahiri is hoping to make a push to qualify for the International Team which faces the U.S. in the Presidents Cup in September.
“Obviously I want to be on the Presidents Cup team. There's no way I wouldn't want to be on Nick's (Captain Nick Price) team. I have unfinished business. I've said that before. I would like nothing better than go out there and get points,” he said.
“There's so much things you can push for. You can push for the U.S. Open. I haven't played a major or WGC this year. Like I said, I beat myself up a little bit because I played 10 consecutive majors and now I'm not in any major yet. I should get into the last one (PGA Championship), hopefully.
“But that kind of plays on your mind. You feel like you're going backwards. So you just have to gather yourself and go back to what you have been doing. And I think that's where I find myself. So I'm just doing that, just going to focus on my golf, be good to myself and let the results take care of themselves.”
On the European Tour, Korea’s Jeunghun Wang finished tied eight at the Nordea Masters after signing off with a level par 72 which left him five shots behind winner Renato Paratore. The Asian Tour star shot three birdies against three bogeys. It was his first top-10 since winning the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters earlier in the season.
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