Lahiri learns lessons after a 70

Fri 22 Nov 2013

Lahiri learns lessons after a 70

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Melbourne, VIC, November 22: India’s Anirban Lahiri was kicking himself after a sloppy finish as he settled for a one-under-par 70 in the second round of the US$8 million ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf on Friday.
The three-time Asian Tour winner was three under for his round before dropping bogeys on 16 and 17 at the treacherous Royal Melbourne Golf Club as his two-day total of level par 142 saw him end the day in tied 15th place, eight shots behind leader Thomas Bjorn of Denmark.
“A little disappointed with how I finished with two bogeys in the end. I think I played better than my score,” said Lahiri, who is making his debut at the World Cup with countryman Gaganjeet Bhullar, who carded a 77.
“It was pretty good all round. I think I played much better than yesterday.  I hit it quite good starting out, made some putts but didn’t finish well. Even par is not a bad place to be going into the weekend.”
His second week at Royal Melbourne after last week’s missed cut outing at the Australian Masters is proving to be a good learning curve for one of Asia’s young rising stars. He knows now that patience is everything at Royal Melbourne as he seeks to move up the leaderboard over the weekend.
“If you lose your concentration a little bit, the course can get you. I got a bit lucky on some holes. Couple of occasions today, I got lucky. One foot either side, I would have made a bogey and I made a birdie once. Similarly when I was coming in, just a foot to the left or right, I would have made par. So you win some and you miss some,” said Lahiri, who carded four birdies against three bogeys.
“It’s one of those courses where you have to keep grinding it out. If you’re on a hot run, you want to keep the momentum. After last week, I’m quite happy with how I have played. I just like to finish the next two rounds under par. I’ll be pretty happy,” said Lahiri.
“I was talking to my caddie and telling him that if I’ve not come last week, I would have definitely given two or three shots today and two yesterday. It’s made a big difference around the greens and knowing what you need to do. That’s where the challenge is.
“If I can stay in the red, I would have done well. It’s just a matter of staying consistent out here,” added the Indian.
About ISPS
ISPS is a ‘General Incorporated Association’ based in Tokyo.  ISPS was founded by Japanese philanthropist Dr Haruhisa Handa in 2006 to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world.  ISPS has fostered partnerships with golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf.  ISPS’s heritage in supporting blind and disabled golf and Dr Handa’s interest and philanthropic contribution in golf has formed the foundation of its wider mission for golf to become a Paralympic sport. Visit www.ispsgolf.com
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About the International Federation of PGA Tours
The International Federation of PGA Tours was formed in 1996 by golf’s five world governing bodies – The European Tour, Japan Golf Tour Organisation, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour (South Africa PGA Tour) with the purpose of providing a forum for the world’s professional golf organizations to discuss issues of mutual importance and, together, develop and promote the game of golf on a global basis.  As part of its mission, the Federation initiated the World Golf Championships in 1999.  The Asian Tour joined the International Federation of PGA Tours in November 1999, while the Canadian Tour and the Tour de las Americas joined the Federation as associate members in 2000 and 2007, respectively.
In step with global growth of professional golf, the International Federation of PGA Tours announced an expansion and restructuring of its membership in 2009, adding the International Golf Association and additional professional golf tours, including – for the first time – women’s golf tours: China Golf Association; Korea Professional Golfers’ Association; Professional Golf Tour of India; LPGA Tour; Ladies European Tour; Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour; Japan LPGA; Korean LPGA; and Ladies Asian Golf Tour.
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