Lahiri's putt of the day provides lifeline

Fri 28 Mar 2014

Lahiri's putt of the day provides lifeline

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Kuala Lumpur, March 28: India’s Anirban Lahiri holed a pressure-packed putt on the last hole of his foursome match with Bangladeshi Siddikur Rahman to secure a vital point for Team Asia in the EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM on Friday.
Describing it as the “putt of the day”, Lahiri is now hoping the hard-fought 1-hole victory over Joost Luiten of the Netherlands and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson will ensure Team Asia maintains the momentum heading into the final day singles where they trail Team Europe by four points.
“I think that was the putt for the day. Thongchai (Jaidee) told me that Pablo (Larrazabal) had also putted from there and he gave me lots of clarity with the line. I’m glad I pulled it off. I’ve to thank my coach who’s here as we worked really hard on my putting,” said Lahiri, a three-time Asian Tour champion.
The duo battle’s with Luiten and Dubuisson, who finished runner-up in the recent WGC-Accenture Match Play, went down the wire to the last hole before Lahiri’s heroics at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in what was the last match on the course.
It ended a day of high drama as Team Asia redeemed themselves after losing all five matches in Thursday’s fourball.
“The day belonged to us. We played really solid from tee to green. It’s nice to get the full point for the team. Both of us were really pumped up after yesterday and I’m sure we’re going to witness more of such performances tomorrow,” said Lahiri.
The European pair gained the early advantage by going 1-up with a birdie on the opening hole in the second day foursome format. They held on to their lead before the Asians rallied back with a birdie on 12 to level the match.
Another birdie on 13 gave Lahiri and Siddikur the lead as they went 1-up. They were 2-up after Dubuission missed a par putt from three feet but had to endure a tense finish as the Europeans had the opportunity to halve the match when Luiten brought them back to 1-down with his long par putt on 17.
“It was a great day for us,” said Siddikur. “I really enjoyed my golf. Anirban is one of my best friends on Tour and we stayed very positive from the start. We played very good golf and we really deserved to win the match.”
Like Lahiri, Siddikur has also thrown down the gauntlet, insisting the contest is far from over and there is still everything to play for in the singles. “If we can play like what we’ve done today, we are in for a good fight tomorrow,” said Siddikur, who will go head-to-head with Scotland's Stephen Gallacher.
The EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour. Professional Golf Malaysia (PGM) will act as the local facilitator for the event.
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Team Asia
Thongchai Jaidee (Captain, Thailand), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand), Gaganjeet Bhullar (India), Nicholas Fung (Malaysia), Kim Hyung-sung (Korea,) Anirban Lahiri (India), Prayad Marksaeng  (Thailand), Koumei Oda (Japan), Siddikur Rahman (Bangladesh), Hideto Tanihara (Japan).
Team Europe
Miguel-Angel Jimenez (Captain, Spain), Thomas Bjorn (Denmark), Jamie Donaldson (Wales),Victor Dubuisson (France), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spain), Stephen Gallacher (Scotland), Pablo Larrazabal (Spain), Joost Luiten (Netherlands), Graeme McDowell (N Ireland), Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark).
About DRB-HICOM Berhad
DRB-HICOM Berhad (DRB-HICOM) is one of Malaysia’s leading conglomerates with core businesses in the Automotive; Services; and Property, Asset & Construction sectors. With more than 80 active companies in its stable and over 57,000 employees group-wide, DRB-HICOM’s aim is to continue adding value and propelling the nation’s development. In the Automotive sector, DRB-HICOM is involved in the manufacturing, assembly and distribution of passenger and commercial vehicles, including the national motorcycle. In Services, DRB-HICOM is involved in various businesses, including concession and financial-related services. In Property, Asset & Construction, DRB-HICOM is involved in residential and commercial developments. Visit www.drb-hicom.com
About Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM)
Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered on 5th August 2010 in Malaysia. As a non-profit organisation, PGM’s objectives are to promote the sport of golf and to contribute towards its enjoyment and growth. To conduct and/or coordinate training on golf-related courses in order to enhance the playing capabilities and skills of professional golfers, as well as to promote and/or conduct a golf Tour or events as a means to hone their skills and to elevate the standards of the professional golfers in Malaysia. Also, to provide a platform for Malaysia’s professional golfers to enable them to focus on playing while PGM shoulders the responsibility of arranging and financing these tournaments.
To achieve these objectives, PGM organises a series of golf tournaments on an annual basis. Last year (2013) PGM hosted 22 tournaments offering prize money of over RM4 million, nine of which were co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and three with the ASEAN Tour.
The schedule for 2014 features 25 tournaments offering prize money of over RM5 million, twelve of which are again co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and three with the ASEAN Tour. The expansion of the Tour on an annual basis and the increased prize money is an indicator of its vibrant growth year-on-year.
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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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant) 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.
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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.