Recharged Anirban Lahiri eyes strong return to the PGA Tour at Hilton Head

A rejuvenated Anirban Lahiri will be eyeing a strong comeback when he tees up at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town in Hilton Head.

PTI, Apr 11, 2018 20:56:10 IST

A rejuvenated Anirban Lahiri will be eyeing a strong comeback when he tees up at the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town in Hilton Head starting in South Carolina on Thursday.

The Indian star resumes proceedings on the PGA Tour after a three-week break and is hoping some work on his game with coach Vijay Divecha will see a change in his golfing fortunes following a lean spell.

File photo of Anirban Lahiri. AP

File photo of Anirban Lahiri. AP

"We've been working on some issues that I've faced on the golf course as I've been erratic with my ball striking and with my iron play.

"I've found a lot of fairways than I usually do but I haven't hit as many greens as I would like and it's not been close enough," said Lahiri, who is ranked a 168th on Tour for Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green analysis.

"Although I've made a lot of cuts, I've finished almost dead last a few times, and it felt like I had to grind a lot. It's not been as free-flowing as I think it should be and it's been a lot of hard work.

"I seem to have put in too much effort to play some of these weekends which is terrible. While it's good to play four days in any tournament, I have to say it has been below par."

The former Asian Tour No 1 started the 2017/18 season strongly with top-10 finishes at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia and CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges in South Korea last October, where he contended for his first PGA Tour title at both events.

He also enjoyed a T14 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in December but since then, his best outing was a T26 at the Genesis Open.

"The main area has been the scoring. I've not shot a lot of rounds in the 60s, which is a clear indication that some departments are letting me down," said Lahiri, who has shot only 10 rounds in the 60s out of 34 rounds this season.

Lahiri was disappointed to miss the first two World Golf Championships events of the year and the opening major at the Masters Tournament last week but is eyeing The Players Championship, the PGA Tour's flagship tournament at TPC Sawgrass, set to begin next month.

"It's one of the biggest tournaments of the year for any professional golfer, not just for those on the PGA Tour. Those who have the opportunity to play will grab it with both hands.

"It's got the best players in the world, and is as strong as any major," said Lahiri, who is currently ranked 90th on the FedExCup standings.

Talking about the course and the tournament Lahiri further added: "TPC Sawgrass is a phenomenal golf course. I think it's a great venue, it's just fantastic.

"It's a great test of golf as there is some amount of length to the course, you need to control the ball flight as it can get windy there, and it's a good test of your patience. It's a proper test of golf," said Lahiri, who missed the cut at The Players in 2015 and 2017.

Updated Date: Apr 11, 2018 20:56:10 IST

World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
New Zealand 5 4 0 1 9
England 5 4 1 0 8
Australia 5 4 1 0 8
India 4 3 0 1 7
Bangladesh 5 2 2 1 5
Sri Lanka 5 1 2 2 4
West Indies 5 1 3 1 3
South Africa 6 1 4 1 3
Pakistan 5 1 3 1 3
Afghanistan 5 0 5 0 0

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254