Anirban Lahiri is all set to tee off 2021 on the Waialae Nation Membership in Hawaii as he tees off on the PGA TOUR‘s Sony Open this week. Hawaii will not be new for Lahiri, who has performed the occasion 3 times earlier than however with very modest outcomes.
Lahiri arrives in Hawaii after a break at residence in India following a collection of respectable ends in the autumn season, which included his first top-10 end on the PGA Tour.
In latest months, Lahiri has achieved nicely on the Islands – he was tied-sixth on the Dominican Republic and T-11 in Bermuda. So Hawaii and Sony Open may herald some extra excellent news and outcomes. The outcomes on the finish of 2020 meant an enchancment in his rankings and that translated into a minimum of three or 4 straight weeks of motion.
Lahiri is happy concerning the Sony Open and mentioned, “The schedule thus far is wanting good. For the time being, I ought to get into the primary 4 (occasions) beginning with Sony Open, then the American Specific after which Torrey Pines, and hopefully (Waste Administration Open) Phoenix. Phoenix is perhaps contact and go, however I believe it’s the identical week as Saudi (European Tour) so I believe I ought to get in.”
He added, “So yeah, I may truly proceed taking part in however I believe as of now, I’m planning on simply taking part in the primary 4 and allow us to see the way it goes. I’m feeling good with the sport. And I might like to do nicely in Hawaii.”
The yr 2020 was not like none earlier than in his life and it was the identical. His kind dipped and there weren’t sufficient tournaments, however the silver lining was that the standing he had for 2020 was retained as per PGA Tour’s choice. “That was an enormous increase for many people,” he mentioned.
A truncated 2020 noticed him miss 4 cuts in first six begins earlier than the Tour was halted within the wake of a pandemic. Lahiri, who had come to India to play the Hero Indian Open in March 2020, was compelled to remain on in India as flights out have been stopped.
He laughs and says, ”It was robust for my golf, however not all that dangerous, as a result of I acquired to spend so much of time with my household, which I usually don’t get. Additionally I managed to get lots of time with my coach, Vijay Divecha and work on my recreation and that helped.”
Lahiri returned to US, however acquired just one extra occasion earlier than the 2019-20 season acquired over for him. Then got here the Fall season and issues turned for the higher.
Beginning with the Safeway Open he acquired in 4 begins and made cuts in all together with T-6 within the Dominican Republic and T-11 in Bermuda. “These and a few different outcomes indicated the sport was in an excellent place. Then got here one other journey to India.”
He added, “The (second) journey to India was good. I didn’t spend that a lot time with Vijay, however we form of went over all the pieces that we had achieved earlier and form of consolidated, a few of the work. Additionally, it was good to play some tournaments Chandigarh and Jamshedpur (on the Indian Tour).”
Lahiri misplaced within the play-off on the Jeev Worldwide in Chandigarh and capitalised on an invitation into the season-ending Indian Tour occasion in Jamshedpur to complete T-11. “The golf was good, however I additionally placed on weight in India, consuming all of the yummy meals. It was usually an excellent time with household and pals,” he added.
So, when Lahiri got here again to US simply earlier than the calendar turned for 2021, he needed to ‘rework’ just a few issues. “Since I’ve come again I’ve gotten again within the gymnasium to get that weight off. So I used to be simply making an attempt to get again to my routine. Get within the gymnasium; get on the vary play some golf and get myself ready and able to go. So, thus far so good. It was a pleasant Christmas and New Years with my household after which a few of our pals, Indian pals will dwell in America. So it was good. I believe the final month or so has been has been good for me each on and off the golf course. And, , hoping that 2021 is an effective yr for everybody actually, and in addition for golf basically.”
Written by V. Krishnaswamy for asiantour.com
Swamy is one in every of India’s main sports activities writers, who has coated over 20 Majors and 250 worldwide golf tournaments. Observe him at @Swinging_Swamy.