"Lahiri rues cold putter, eyes singles redemption #PresidentsCup"

Sat 10 Oct 2015

"Lahiri rues cold putter, eyes singles redemption #PresidentsCup"

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Incheon, Korea, October 10: India’s Anirban Lahiri is hoping to strike his putter hot when he takes on American Chris Kirk in Sunday’s Singles at the Presidents Cup.
The current Asian Tour number one rued missed numerous birdie chances in his 3 & 2 loss with partner Adam Scott to Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson in Saturday afternoon’s Fourball session which ended with the United States holding a slim 9.5 to 8.5 lead over the International Team.
Lahiri, a two-time winner this year, is determined to get on the points after also losing a Fourball match on Thursday with partner Thongchai Jaidee.
“That’s what I need, a hot putter,” moaned Lahiri. “That’s not been the case since I got in on Sunday. I’ve got to find something on the greens that will make me comfortable. I’ve not even been near my ‘B’ putting game. It’s been terrible.”
[pullquote align="left or right"]Everyone is hungrier than before. I’ve not played my best but I don’t think I am far away from it. - Anirban Lahiri[/pullquote]“Match play comes down to making putts. I heard Sangmoon (Bae) and Hideki (Matsuyama) blitzed the course and they made everything they looked at. Rickie (Fowler) made everything when he played against us on Thursday.
“I didn’t feel I’m putting too bad ... maybe just misreading it. Hopefully tomorrow will be a different story.”
Lahiri believes the Internationals will have a realistic chance of winning only for the second time in the Presidents Cup.
“We’re only one point behind. I guess that’s a good position to be in. I’m disappointed with how we played. Every time I looked at birdie, I missed it. Only made one birdie on 10. Really disappointed not to make more birdies. It’s ever a good feeling to lose,” said the 28-year-old, who is the first Indian to feature in the biennial contest.
“Adam also played really good but it was also a case of having a cold putter for him. Phil and Zach played good. They made their share of birdies. I was disappointed to go down today. I’m hopeful that I can contribute tomorrow and we can pull off a memorable victory.”
“I think it’ll be a close contest. Everyone is hungrier than before. I’ve not played my best but I don’t think I am far away from it. I hit it pretty good. Just need one or two to go in and get on a roll,” he said.
About The Presidents Cup
The Presidents Cup, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe – is held every two years, and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues. The Presidents Cup was developed to give the world’s best non-European players an opportunity to compete in international team match-play competition. The U.S. Team has won eight of the 10 previous Presidents Cups, and the only win by the International Team came at the 1998 event in Melbourne. The Presidents Cup 2003 ended in a tie. The Presidents Cup 2015 will be held Oct. 6-11 when the biennial competition makes its first trip to Asia.  Nick Price and Jay Haas will serve as captains of the International and U.S. Teams, respectively.  Korea’s K.J. Choi was named the first vice-captain in Presidents Cup history and will help Price lead the International Team in front of what is sure to be a supportive “home” crowd.
Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea will be the fourth international venue to host The Presidents Cup, joining The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (1998, 2011); The Links at Fancourt, George, South Africa (2003); and The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada (2007).  The event is projected to be broadcast in 225 countries and territories, reaching more than 1 billion homes in 30 different languages around the world.
The Presidents Cup is a unique golf event in that there is no purse or prize money; instead, each player, captain and captain’s assistant allocates an equal portion of the funds generated to charities of his choice. Since the inception of The Presidents Cup in 1994, more than $32 million has been raised for charity from event proceeds, including more than $5 million from The Presidents Cup 2013. Over the past 20 years, The Presidents Cup has impacted more than 450 charities in 15 countries worldwide and 35 states in the U.S.
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Uniting the community Bringing Incheon to the world, Incheon is rapidly becoming one of the most prominent cities in Northeast Asia, as well as one of the best cities in which to live. Incheon has been trading with foreign countries since the Three Kingdoms Period, and was the first city in Korea to accept Western culture in 1883.
Throughout its history, Incheon has been at the center of Korea’s modernization. Today, more than 2.9 million people live in its 10 districts, called ‘gus’ and ‘guns,’ as well as on the more than 150 beautiful islands of Ganghwa-gun and Ongjin-gun. Incheon is now one of the three major cities of Korea.
About Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea
At 7,380 yards (6,748 meters) for the tournament, the par 72 Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea is the first and only golf club in Korea to carry the name of the Golden Bear himself.  Its dramatic park land, links and rock formation styles are in perfect harmony with the panoramic views of Incheon Bay and the skyline of the Songdo International Business District. Crafted by the hand of master himself, the Jack Nicklaus design features unique fairway routings, a variety of tee locations, and greens protected by strategically located bunkers and hazards that provide special challenge to golfers of all levels.  In 2010 and 2011 the course hosted the PGA Champions Tour Songdo Championship event.  The Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea is proud to have been selected as the host venue for The Presidents Cup in 2015, the first time the event will be contested in Asia.  For more information visit: www.jacknicklausgolfclubkorea.com.