Lahiri named Europe's golfer of the month

Mon 02 Mar 2015

Lahiri named Europe's golfer of the month

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February 3: Anirban Lahiri has been named Europe’s Golfer of the Month for February following the incredible run of form that saw the 27-year-old Indian win the Maybank Malaysian Open and the Hero Indian Open, both joint-sanctioned events with the Asian Tour, in the space of three weeks.
Three months ago, Lahiri was battling to win a place on The European Tour at the Qualifying School Final Stage, but his extraordinary February exploits have catapulted him to 34th place on the Official World Golf Ranking and guaranteed him a place at The Masters Tournament.
Nine shots behind leaders Lee Westwood and Alejandro Cañizares at the halfway stage of the Maybank Malaysian Open, Lahiri rampaged to victory with weekend rounds of 62-68 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club to burst into the top 50 of the World Ranking.
After a tie for 21st in the True Thailand Classic, Lahiri returned home for the Hero Indian Open and the venue of three of his six Asian Tour career victories, Delhi Golf Club.
Lahiri started the final round in Delhi seven shots behind countryman SSP Chawrasia, but found himself in a six-man battle for the title on the back nine, as the swirling, gusting wind combined with the devilish layout of the Delhi Golf Club to wreak havoc on the field.
In the end, after respective final round scores of 69 and 76, Lahiri and Chawrasia returned to the 18th hole for a sudden-death play-off to determine the winner. Lahiri’s birdie could not be matched and the 27 year old from Bangalore completed a career-changing three week run to join the golfing elite.
“It’s amazing, the whole world is open to me now,” said Lahiri. “If you think back to November, with six holes to play of the 108-hole Qualifying School, I was outside the qualifying places for the first time that week.
“I knew I needed to do something, and I birdied two of my last five holes to get my card. To be now talking about playing in the Masters is the stuff of dreams. I have to stay focused and try to ride the momentum of this moment because it’s not all the time something special like that happens in a player’s career.
“There is element of luck, but I need to keep playing well and see where it takes me. It’s been an amazing journey so far, and hopefully I can win a few more Golfer of the Month Awards along the way.”