Lahiri: Let’s keep the title at home

Tue 05 Nov 2013

Lahiri: Let’s keep the title at home

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November 5: In this latest blog, Anirban Lahiri talks about playing at the Delhi Golf Club, celebrating the Diwali festival and having Hero MotoCorp as a great title sponsor for his National Open.
By Anirban Lahiri  
It is nice to be back. It is a little bit different how it was earlier in the year. It was a quiet Diwali for me this year but it was a good celebration for India as a whole because Shiv (Kapur) got his card in Europe. Congratulations to him because he has been playing great.
Coming into this week, I think the whole bunch of us is looking strong to keep the Indian Open title at home. Muniyappa won the Hero Indian Open in 2009 and since then, no Indian has won it so it will be nice to break that run and keep the title at home.
Diwali has just past us and is behind us but it is a very special time of the year. It is a time when the family comes together. If I had to compare Christmas to an Indian festival, it would be Diwali. Probably with a little bit more light and laughter. It is a very special time of the year and everybody comes together as a family. It is a good time of the year for us to be playing golf because everyone is happy and in a chirpy mood.
I would be glad to do whatever Hero likes me to do. It is a privilege and honour to be supported by them over the last few years. We’d like to really bring the title home for Hero this week.
Over the years the advantage of playing at Delhi Golf Club has eroded. We have been playing at Delhi Golf Club so often now. When that happens, whether you are Indian or not, you are playing here at least six or nine times in two or three years. It is a level playing field now. For me, I only play on this golf course in the Asian Tour events.
Those who have been playing here for decades like the senior Indian golfers, I think it is a big advantage. Strategy and accuracy are probably the main areas that you need to be on top of.