"Lahiri, Thongchai suffer debut defeat #PresidentsCup"

Thu 08 Oct 2015

"Lahiri, Thongchai suffer debut defeat #PresidentsCup"

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Incheon, Korea, October 8: Anirban Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee endured a disappointing 5 & 4 Foursome Match defeat to Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker in their Presidents Cup debut as the United States romped to a commanding 4-1 lead after the opening day on Thursday.
With Fowler rolling in three birdies in the opening four holes to go 3-up early on at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, Lahiri and Thongchai found themselves on the back foot for much of their match which reflected how the day went for the Internationals.
“No, no, no, I think both Thongchai and I were nowhere close to our best. We both struggled, and I think we just lost momentum. There were opportunities that I could have made a few more putts definitely, and then I think on the back nine we just let it all get away from us really quick,” said Lahiri, the current Asian Tour number one.
“He (Fowler) putted great all day. If I'm not mistaken, he must have made about six or seven one-putts, and none of them were inside of 10 feet. It helps when you're playing match play.”
[pullquote align="left or right"]I think both Thongchai and I were nowhere close to our best. We both struggled. - Anirban Lahiri[/pullquote][pullquote align="left or right"]Quote goes here...[/pullquote]A disappointed Thongchai added: “We played okay, but the guys, Rickie especially, putted so well. He holed out from everywhere. We had a lot of mistakes with the putter, not in form.”
Lahiri did not offer excuses for his disappointing debut in the biennial contest. “When you play badly, you want to assume as much responsibility for it. I'm sure Thongchai feels the same way. It's one of those days,” he said.
“The first hole, we had an opportunity (to win) but didn't take it. Second, I didn't make it and third we went from a position of strength and suddenly we found ourselves three down through four. Yeah, I think I let one get away from me on seven, the par-five. That was an important putt because we could have gotten some momentum back. But, yeah, very disappointed to finish the way we did.
“We didn't make a single birdie in 14 holes, and we hit 13 fairways. I mean, we only missed one fairway on 10 and did not make a birdie. So that tells you that we didn't putt well, and that's what you need.”
[pullquote align="left or right"]Rickie especially, putted so well. He holed out from everywhere. - Thongchai Jaidee[/pullquote]Lahiri will lead the cheering squad on Friday after Captain Nick Price opted to rest him from Friday’s Fourball session. The Indian believes the Presidents Cup, which has been dominated by the US who has won eight of 10 editions, is far from over.
“It's a long ways to go. It's not an ideal start. You don't want to find yourself chasing, but now that we are in that position, we're going to chase it down,” he said.
On Wednesday night, Lahiri, the first Indian to play in the Presidents Cup, stood proudly alongside his teammates and the US Team, and enjoyed the pleasure of hearing his national anthem being played during the opening ceremony.
“It was very special. Extremely special. There's not a lot of times in your career that it will happen, and the times that it does happen it really makes you feel like all the effort, everything that you've put into it - not just you but your family, your team, your coach, your physio, your trainer, anyone and everyone that's contributed to your effort in any way, it makes all of that worth it. That is what you're putting yourself out there for and nothing compares to that,” he said
Thursday’s Foursome Results (US first)
Bubba Watson/J.B. Holmes beat Adam Scott/Hideki Matsuyama 3 & 2
Matt Kuchar/Patrick Reed lost to Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace 3 & 2
Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker beat Anirban Lahiri/Thongchai Jaidee  5 & 4
Phil Mickelson/Zach Johnson beat Jason Day/Steven Bowditch 2-up
Jordan Spieth/Dustin Johnson beat Danny Lee/Marc Leishman 4 & 3
Friday’s Fourball Draw (US first)
9:35 am: Dustin Johnson/Jordan Spieth vs Louis Oosthuizen/Branden Grace
9:50 am: Rickie Fowler/Jimmy Walker vs Danny Lee/Sangmoon Bae
10:05 am: Zach Johnson/Phil Mickelson vs Adam Scott/Jason Day
10:20 am: J.B. Holmes/Bubba Watson vs Marc Leishman/Steven Bowditch
10:35 am: Bill Haas/ Chris Kirk vs Charl Schwartzel/Thongchai Jaidee
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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About Incheon Metropolitan City
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.