Lahiri shoots 70 after losing focus at #MMO

Thu 05 Feb 2015

Lahiri shoots 70 after losing focus at #MMO

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Kuala Lumpur, February 5: Anirban Lahiri paid a small price for losing concentration in the opening round of the US$3 million Maybank Malaysian Open on Thursday.
The Indian ace was five-under through 13 holes before finding water from the fairway bunker. The mistake led to two more bogeys as he stumbled to a two-under-par 70, four shots from the co-leaders Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell.
“I’m quite disappointed. It is not often that you should two-under on this golf course and you feel bad. It was disaster coming in because I played really good. One bad shot and I lost my focussed and couldn’t hole any putts,” said Lahiri.
The 27-year-old, who won twice and finished second on the Order of Merit last year hopes to bounce back and build on his early opening day momentum at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club West course.
“I should have built on the round. I missed way too many putts. The way I hit it today, I should have hit a five or six-under but I let it slip away from it. I need to stay a bit more patient. I tried to push it a bit harder and I lost some focus.
“I’m playing really well and I’m coming into this week with a lot of confidence and positivity after working on my game. In that sense, I’m quite disappointed with how I played today,” he said.
Playing in only his second event in 2015, Lahiri changed to a new routine during the break to stay competitive.
“I’m not rusty. I was rusty three weeks back. I changed my practice routine in the last couple of weeks. Usually I don’t play a lot of golf but I played three rounds of golf back-to-back and that’s something which I don’t normally do in my off-season,” said Lahiri.
“I wanted to get back into the groove of playing 18 holes and maintaining my focus over 18 holes. I’m feeling good and positive but I have to put my poor finish behind me and play similar golf.”
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