Anirban finished in a share of third place with an impressive display at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur for his best performance at a PGA Tour event.
Having started with back to back rounds of 66, Anirban went one better with a stunning round of 65 on Saturday to lead by four strokes heading into the final day.
That advantage was wiped out when Anirban took a nine on the par-five third hole. He birdied the next and then eagled the sixth as he turned at one over par for the day.
With one more birdie on the back nine, he shot 72 and was beaten by Justin Thomas, who ended the week with a round of 64.
Anirban was frustrated at the way the final day panned out and said: “I’m disappointed obviously. It was obviously a harder start. I got unlucky with the tee shot and just compounded my errors, my short game again, coming up a little bit to bite me.
“But obviously I tried my best. I fought back as best I could, but I just couldn’t get the putts to fall on the back nine. I had numerous lipouts and then just really disappointed that I didn’t birdie 17 or 18 or even 16, for that matter. I just didn’t get the numbers right with my wedges. I didn’t hit them close. It’s very disappointing.
“I would have obviously liked to have gotten over the line, but it’s a tough pill to swallow.”
After a week's rest, Anirban is set to travel to Antalya for the Turkish Airlines Open before PGA Tour events – the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Mexico, starting on November 10, and The RSM Classic at the Sea Island Resort the following week.
He moves up to 68th in the Official World Golf rankings and is eighth in the early season FedEx Cup points list.
Anirban’s solid week in KL follows on from his play-off defeat at the Venetian Macao Open and top-30 finishes at the Porsche European Open and the BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Zurich.
Despite being disappointed with his finish, Anirban is full of optimism for the season ahead.
He added: “There are lots of positives. Obviously I’ve made a lot of birdies over these last five rounds that I’ve played. I’m in a good place. I’m off to a decent start, good start I would say, on the PGA Tour but again, just missed out on a large number of FedExCup points, World Ranking points, just down the stretch in the end so I’m feeling a bit disappointed with that, yeah.
“Whenever I tee it up next, likely to be in Turkey, hopefully I can put myself in this situation again. The only thing I can look at, if I keep putting myself in contention, I’m bound to convert one sooner rather than later.
“I have the confidence. It’s not like I need additional confidence. But I need validation now. I need validation in terms of my game. I need to see that happen. It’s just not happened enough, and it’s been a year of near-misses so far.
“I mean, it’s a good problem to have I guess, but it’s something that I want to change obviously the rest of this season on the PGA Tour. It’s not the way I would like to play on a Sunday, not at all. It’s hard.”
After several weeks out with a shoulder problem that kept him out of the FedEx Cup play-offs, Anirban returned to action with an impressive showing in Germany. He took a share of 24th place in a week that was badly affected by the weather.
The players were unable to play practice rounds due to flooding and then a combination of fog and heavy rain saw the tournament reduce to 54 holes.
Despite the frustration, Anirban shot rounds of 68, 68 and 67 to finish strongly.
Speaking during the build-up to the tournament, Anirban said: “My schedule has been messy this year. The focus was to play predominantly in America and to go all the way to the end of the play-offs but then I got injured around July and I played hurt for a couple of weeks and decided I had to stop.
“I’m close to 100 per cent. I had a minor shoulder injury, nothing torn or broken, but it was being caused by a nerve pinch in the lower neck. The shoulder is much stronger and is where it should be.”
Anirban produced a stunning run of seven consecutive birdies to take the Venetian Macao Open to a play-off eventually finishing in second place.
The 2014 champion opened the week with a round of 66 and followed that up with scores of 68 and 69 and shared the lead heading into the final day.
Thai player Pavit Tangkamolprasert set the pace with a round of 64 to get to -16 and that mark looked some way off for Anirban as he bogeyed the 11th at Macau Country Club to slip back to nine under.
But he produced an incredible burst of scoring to pick up shots at each of the remaining holes to extend the tournament.
Tangkamolprasert birdied the 18th on the first extra hole to take the title. Anirban was not able to win for the second time but took the positives from an impressive week.
He said: “I’ve been trying to get some momentum going all week and get some rhythm all week but it’s been a struggle. I’ve had to fight my swing all week but on the back nine I told myself that if I could get through 12 and 13 and make a couple of birdies, the back nine is always a bit dicey. I was hoping to get within touching distance and giving him a bit of a scare and put pressure on him.
“It’s been a struggle the last few months but I can’t say I’m playing my best golf either. But when it comes down to getting it done. You go into these trains of mind and you don’t see anything else but the bottom of the cup. Today was like that. It was similar when I shot 11 under here two years ago and similar when I won the Malaysian Open last year down the stretch.
“I’m happy with the way I played the back nine but disappointed that I finished second again. Hats off to Pavit. Even in the play-off he played solid and he played solid all day. I wish I could have put more pressure on him. I did everything in my power but sometimes it doesn’t happen for you.”
Anirban finished in a share of 57th place as golf returned to the Olympics after a 112-year absence.
He shot rounds of 74, 73, 75 and 72 but despite not playing as well as he might have liked, Anirban expressed his delight in being a part of the Olympics. The competetion was running without some players who withdrew to the threat of the Zika virus.
Anirban said: “It’s been fantastic and it will always be amazing to represent your country at an Olympics.
“Rio has been fantastic and the weather has been great. I think I have seen more wild life than mosquitoes this week.”
Carding rounds of 70,72,69 and 75, Anirban took a share of the 61st place at The Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide at Muifield Village Golf Club. This week Anirban is in the field FedEx St.Jude Classic at TPC Southwind as he gets ready for the US Open at Oakmont.
Anirban is currently 56th in the Official Golf Rankings and 89th in the FedEx Cup Standings.
After finishing off with a creditable share of 49th spot on his debut last year, Anirban is all set to take part in his first Major of the year at the Masters in Augusta this week. It is the second time this 28 year old is going to be seen swinging his club with some of the world's renowned faces in Golf. In his first visit to Augusta the previous year, Anirban carded rounds of 71, 75, 74 and 72 after driving down the iconic Magnolia Lane for the first time.
“The first thing that hit me is how different it is to actually play, how different it is to actually be hitting those shots rather than watching those shots. It's quite different obviously. It's quite amazing and its a great feeling" - said an excited Anirban as he added that playing at Augusta was a realization of a dream. In the build-up to the Masters Anirban missed the cut at the Shell Houston Open, shooting scores of 69 and 78.
Anirban is currently 51st in the Official Golf Rankings and 100th in the FedEx Cup Rankings.
Thank you Sports Illustrated India for conferring me with the Sportsperson Of the Year Award for 2016. Such an honor to get nominated amongst the greats of Indian Sports and win it. *On wards and Upwards*
Anirban finished in a share of 48th place at last week’s Zurich Classic and will tee it up at the Wells Fargo Championship on Thursday.
With bad weather extending the tournament in New Orleans through to Monday and reducing it to three rounds, Anirban, who is now 55th in the Official World Golf Ranking and has made nine of 12 cuts on the PGA Tour this season, carded scores of 72, 69 and 70 at TPC Louisiana.
This week he is in action at Wells Fargo at Quail Hollow in Charlotte for the first time and plays the first two rounds with Americans Will MacKenzie and William McGirt, starting from the first tee at 07:10 (EDT).
Anirban finished the week with a 1-1-1 record at the WGC-Dell Match Play and failed to make the knock-out phase at Austin Country Club.
He started the week with a 6&5 loss against Matt Kuchar and had to settle for a half against Justin Rose despite moving two ahead with an incredible eagle on the 16th. Anirban closed the group with a 4&2 win over Fabian Gomez.
Anirban is in the field for this week’s Shell Houston Open, the final tournament before The Masters at Augusta.
He played at last year’s tournament at GC of Houston, missing the cut with scores of 74 and 69 in a tournament that was won by JB Holmes.
The tournament is played on a 7,457-yard par-72 course, which was opened in 2005 and designed specifically to host PGA Tour events.