Lahiri lifts biggest career win at #MMO

Sun 08 Feb 2015

Lahiri lifts biggest career win at #MMO

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Kuala Lumpur, February 8: India’s Anirban Lahiri claimed the biggest victory of his burgeoning career yet with a gripping one-stroke victory over Bernd Wiesberger of Austria in the US$3 million Maybank Malaysian Open on Sunday.
The 27-year-old Lahiri, who trailed by five strokes heading into the final round, closed with a four-under-par 68 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s West course to lift the Seagram trophy and champion’s cheque of US$500,000.
His sixth career Asian Tour victory and first co-sanctioned title on the European Tour is likely to propel him into the world’s top-40, putting him
Anirban Lahiri of India Anirban Lahiri of India
in prime position to qualify for the Masters Tournament in April, the year’s first Major, and also the International Team for the Presidents Cup later this year.
Coming off his career best year where he won twice and finished second on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, the tenacious Lahiri fought gallantly to reel in overnight leader Wiesberger and then holed an audacious 50-foot birdie putt from off the 17th green which ultimately proved decisive.
Wiesberger, with three top-six finishes in his last three starts, started strongly with two opening birdies but a double bogey on five stopped his momentum and further bogeys on 12, 15 and 17 meant that he needed to birdie the last to force a play-off with Lahiri, who finished on 16-under-par 272.  However, the 29-year-old Austrian, who was seeking a fourth career victory, left his birdie attempt from 25 feet well short of the hole.
A jubilant Lahiri said: “This is very special. This is the sixth time I’ve won and it is my first on the European Tour. I think that’s what makes it more special. The other thing that sets this win apart is that I finally won a big event. The first three events were US$300,000 events in India. They gave me a lot of joy and confidence. Without those wins, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wanted to win an event which is big, not just in prize money but in terms of the field. I played with Lee Westwood and unfortunately he had a bad day. You are playing in the field with Major winners and you beat them. That is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.”
Bernd Wiesberger of Austria Bernd Wiesberger of Austria
The Indian star, who joined countryman Arjun Atwal as a champion of the Maybank Malaysian Open, missed makeable birdie chances on 15 and 16 but popped one home from out of the blue on the penultimate hole to seize the advantage. He also became the fourth Indian to win an European Tour event following wins from Jeev Milkha Singh, S.S.P. Chawrasia and Arjun Atwal.
“I’d completely misread the line on 15 and my caddie advised me of the right line. Then on 16 I was pretty certain what the line was and he advised me of a different line, and it turned out I was right that time! So when I got to the 17th I said ‘believe it what you see, believe you can make this putt and just hit it’. I wasn’t thinking of lagging it or holing it, I just told myself as I walked up to it to believe that I can make it. And it went in.”
Wiesberger was disappointed he failed to hold on to his overnight lead.  “It didn’t quite finish the way I intended to. That’s what golf is. After the hiccup on five, I didn’t hit it anywhere as good as the last 15 rounds. It’s tough to say but it is what it is and unfortunately I beat myself out of it,” said Wiesberger.
He rued a miscalculated approach shot on 17 which led to a costly bogey that put him one back of Lahiri. “I couldn’t believe that wedge on 17 went that far. I don’t know what happened there. Maybe I got the wind wrong,” he said.
“When I hit it (birdie attempt on 18), I knew it was a bit shy. Obviously, it was a big putt and the last thing you wanted was to leave it short. It’s disappointing. Congrats to Anirban who played a lovely round.”
Anirban Lahiri of India Huge crowds gather for the final round.
Englishman Paul Waring and Spaniard Alejandro Canizares shared third place on 275 after closing with a 73 and 74 respectively while title holder Lee Westwood of England, who was chasing a record-tying third victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open, failed to challenge as he signed off with a disappointing 75 for tied fifth place with Asian Tour regulars Richard T. Lee of Canada (71) and American Paul Peterson (72).
Amateur Gavin Green and Danny Chia emerged as the leading Malaysians in tied 25th place on 284.
Scores after round 4 of the Maybank Malaysian Open being played at the par 72, 6,986 Yards Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club course (am - denotes amateur):
272 - Anirban LAHIRI (IND) 70-72-62-68.
273 - Bernd WIESBERGER (AUT) 70-66-63-74.
275 - Paul WARING (ENG) 69-68-65-73, Alejandro CANIZARES (ESP) 68-65-68-74.
277 - Gregory BOURDY (FRA) 70-70-68-69, Richard T. LEE (CAN) 69-69-68-71, Paul PETERSON (USA) 72-69-64-72, Lee WESTWOOD (ENG) 66-67-69-75.
278 - Marc WARREN (SCO) 70-71-69-68.
279 - S.S.P. CHAWRASIA (IND) 76-67-68-68.
Lee Westwood of England Lee Westwood of England
280 - Nathan HOLMAN (AUS) 72-71-71-66, Wade ORMSBY (AUS) 73-69-71-67, Richard BLAND (ENG) 68-70-73-69.
281 - Scott HEND (AUS) 73-72-66-70, WANG Jeung-hun (KOR) 77-66-67-71.
282 - Robert ROCK (ENG) 70-70-74-68, Thomas PIETERS (BEL) 73-73-70-66, Peter LAWRIE (IRL) 71-66-75-70, Peter UIHLEIN (USA) 72-72-65-73.
283 - Thanyakon KHRONGPHA (THA) 74-69-70-70, Thongchai JAIDEE (THA) 72-73-67-71, Pablo LARRAZABAL (ESP) 73-69-67-74, Alvaro QUIROS (ESP) 70-70-67-76, Jake HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS) 69-71-67-76.
About Maybank
The Maybank Group is South East Asia’s fourth largest bank by assets. It has an international network of over 2,400 offices in 20 countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong SAR & People's Republic of China, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Laos, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and the United States of America.  The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes consumer and corporate banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and takaful and asset management. It has over 47,000 employees serving more than 22 million customers worldwide. (www.maybank.com)
About the Malaysian Golf Association
The Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) is the sole governing body of golf in Malaysia that was founded in 1929 by representatives of golf clubs to promote the sport while preserving its traditions and integrity. The non-government organization is run by passionate volunteers who have a love for the game of golf, with the help of a team of management staff. The association’s portfolios have increased over the years ranging from conducting 14 state amateur opens, national amateur open, national amateur close, Malaysian Open to processing handicaps through its National Handicap System to promoting grassroots programs and training of athletes to represent Malaysia in international events.
 Alejandro Canizares of Spain Alejandro Canizares of Spain
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 FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
The European Tour
The European Tour is committed to celebrating the game of golf from the origins of the professional game, building a proud history of achievement, sportsmanship and integrity as well as showcasing our diverse global talent and rich landscapes. The European Tour's innovative approach enables us to embrace the world, combining championships of tradition with new tournaments in the cities and countries of the future. The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 has incorporated The Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand which, in 2013, will feature a minimum of 45 tournaments spread across all five continents of the world; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the up and coming players of the future; while the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday. The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon who gives his name to The Harry Vardon Trophy, presented to the player who is crowned European Tour Number One and winner of The Race to Dubai at the end of the season.
About Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club
Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) is a member of Sime Darby Property Bhd and a propriety Club wholly-owned and operated by KLGCC Berhad. The club has won numerous accolades from both local and foreign golfing fraternity, the latest being recognised as Number One and Two top golf courses in Malaysia for 2014 by US Golf Digest, voted the ‘Best Course in Malaysia’ for the second time in a row for its championship West Course at the 2013 Asian Golf Monthly Awards, the second runner up for the Best Championship Course in Asia Pacific and nominated as Top 10 Best in Asia Pacific for Best Clubhouse and Best Pro-Shop categories. At the same time, KLGCC was voted Best Golf Experience for the Best of Malaysia Awards 2013 Travel Awards by The Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine readers. Today, KLGCC is a landmark as the most luxurious golf resort development in Malaysia and KLGCC has in recent years hosted numerous international championships such as the Maybank Malaysian Open and the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
About GlobalOne
GlobalOne (Emerald Evolution Holdings Sdn Bhd) is an executive lifestyle sports promoter and we create sports event ownerships. We specialise in providing the full spectrum in  sponsorship event management and have an excellent track record in planning and delivering on PGA European Tour golf events for Malaysia (Maybank Malaysian Open), Singapore (Singapore Masters) and Indonesia (Indonesia Open) since 1999. We have strong relations with sports governing bodies, the media and commercial sponsors and technical partners to deliver on the bottom line.  We assist all our clients to create super-strategic, high-return, best practice sponsorship to provide a strong, unified vision, across departments and stakeholders, of the broad range of marketing and business objectives that can be achieved through this sponsorship. We also form and maintain strong relationship with players’ managers to source the best players. GlobalOne currently stages a highly successful and prestigious tournament in Asia – the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour providing the event with Official World Ranking status. Our long term partners include Emirates (Official Airline), Carlsberg (Official Beer & Stout), Ricoh (Official Office Equipment), Astro (Official Satellite TV), Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia (Official Car), DoubleTree (Official Hotel), 100Plus (Official Isotonic Beverage), Crestlink (Official Apparel), Transview Golf (Official Golf Accessories & Equipment), Mal-Tel (Official Radio & Communications), Spritzer (Official Water), Singleton (Official Whisky), Srixon (Official Range Balls), Havana (Official Cigars).