Lahiri in contention after stunning 62

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Monday, 16 February 2015
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Kuala Lumpur, February 7: India’s Anirban Lahiri charged into contention at the US$3 million Maybank Malaysian Open, shooting a stunning 10-under-par 62 on Saturday to trail third round leader Bernd Wiesberger of Austria by five shots.

 

Lahiri, who finished second on the 2014 Asian Tour Order of Merit, fired 10 birdies which included a classy outward 30 to establish the low round at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s West Course since it reopened from a major refurbishment in 2008.

Wiesberger, who has finished top-six in his last three events in the Middle East, extended his fine form with an equally impressive 63 where he began his round with five opening birdies to lead by two from Alejandro Canizares of Spain, who shot a 68 which included an eagle two.

Co-overnight leader Lee Westwood, bidding to win the Maybank Malaysian Open for a third time, and Paul Waring will enter the final round three shots back at the prestigious championship sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.

Left-hander Paul Peterson of the United States, who finished 22nd on the Order of Merit last year, posted a brilliant 64 to move to sixth position in his first appearance in the Malaysian Open, which Maybank is celebrating its 10th year as title sponsor.

Paul Peterson of USA

Paul Peterson of USA

The 27-year-old Lahiri, nine shots off the pace at the start of the day, simply came out swinging freely on a steamy day in the Malaysian capital to put himself in contention to win his sixth Asian Tour title, but first co-sanctioned win.

“Last couple of days, I was trying too hard to make birdies, trying to make a move. I just let go today. When I saw a line, I just hit it on the line and took it on merit whether it went in or missed,” said Lahiri, whose career’s low round was a 61 in Macau last year.

“This changes the situation in terms of where I stand. But in terms of what I need to do, it’ll be the same thing. I think the hall mark today was that I stayed bogey free because the first two days I made 11 birdies and dropped nine shots,” he explained.

Lahiri enjoyed a great 2014 campaign, winning twice and helping Team Asia secure a 10-10 tie with Team Europe in the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia.

He also earned a European Tour card through Qualifying School and was voted as the Players’ Player of the Year.

“I’m playing well and that’s really important as I feel positive. I feel I can go out there and shoot a good number tomorrow. You don’t know what will happen. I’ll try to stay relaxed and positive and do the simple things right,” said Lahiri.

“The fact that I’m a European Tour member makes it quite significant. I’m looking to go out there and play well tomorrow. With my current status, I would get into mostly everything in Europe. Having said that I had made up my mind to play my minimum on the Asian Tour,” he said.

Left-hander Peterson, who earned his Asian Tour card through Qualifying School in 2013, produced nine birdies to move inside the top-10. Six off the pace, he has an outside chance to emulate Steve Flesch’s victory in 1996 who was the last lefty to hoist the Seagram Trophy which is awarded to the winner of the Maybank Malaysian Open.

“It’s nice to be the guy in the background, you just go out and do your business. But I feel confident with my game. I have a lot of belief with what I’m doing right now. I’m not as surprised as some might say that I’m in contention,” said the 26-year-old.

“It’s tough with the humidity out here. But last year being on the Asian Tour, I’ve kind of got used to it. It feels good to sweat. You’re never tight in the morning, that’s for sure,” said Peterson.

About Maybank

The Maybank Group is South East Asia’s fourth largest bank by assets. It has an international network of over 2,400 offices in 20 countries namely Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong SAR & People’s Republic of China, Bahrain, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Laos, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain and the United States of America.  The Group offers an extensive range of products and services, which includes consumer and corporate banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, stock broking, insurance and takaful and asset management. It has over 47,000 employees serving more than 22 million customers worldwide. (www.maybank.com)

About the Malaysian Golf Association

The Malaysian Golf Association (MGA) is the sole governing body of golf in Malaysia that was founded in 1929 by representatives of golf clubs to promote the sport while preserving its traditions and integrity. The non-government organization is run by passionate volunteers who have a love for the game of golf, with the help of a team of management staff. The association’s portfolios have increased over the years ranging from conducting 14 state amateur opens, national amateur open, national amateur close, Malaysian Open to processing handicaps through its National Handicap System to promoting grassroots programs and training of athletes to represent Malaysia in international events.

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 FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), PRG (Official Accessories Supplier), Srixon (Official Ball), Titleist (Official Web Partner) 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 andwww.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.

The European Tour

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.

 

About Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club

Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club (KLGCC) is a member of Sime Darby Property Bhd and a propriety Club wholly-owned and operated by KLGCC Berhad. The club has won numerous accolades from both local and foreign golfing fraternity, the latest being recognised as Number One and Two top golf courses in Malaysia for 2014 by US Golf Digest, voted the ‘Best Course in Malaysia’ for the second time in a row for its championship West Course at the 2013 Asian Golf Monthly Awards, the second runner up for the Best Championship Course in Asia Pacific and nominated as Top 10 Best in Asia Pacific for Best Clubhouse and Best Pro-Shop categories. At the same time, KLGCC was voted Best Golf Experience for the Best of Malaysia Awards 2013 Travel Awards by The Expatriate Lifestyle Magazine readers. Today, KLGCC is a landmark as the most luxurious golf resort development in Malaysia and KLGCC has in recent years hosted numerous international championships such as the Maybank Malaysian Open and the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.

About GlobalOne

GlobalOne (Emerald Evolution Holdings Sdn Bhd) is an executive lifestyle sports promoter and we create sports event ownerships. We specialise in providing the full spectrum in  sponsorship event management and have an excellent track record in planning and delivering on PGA European Tour golf events for Malaysia (Maybank Malaysian Open), Singapore (Singapore Masters) and Indonesia (Indonesia Open) since 1999. We have strong relations with sports governing bodies, the media and commercial sponsors and technical partners to deliver on the bottom line.  We assist all our clients to create super-strategic, high-return, best practice sponsorship to provide a strong, unified vision, across departments and stakeholders, of the broad range of marketing and business objectives that can be achieved through this sponsorship. We also form and maintain strong relationship with players’ managers to source the best players. GlobalOne currently stages a highly successful and prestigious tournament in Asia – the Maybank Malaysian Open, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour providing the event with Official World Ranking status. Our long term partners include Emirates (Official Airline), Carlsberg (Official Beer & Stout), Ricoh (Official Office Equipment), Astro (Official Satellite TV), Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia (Official Car), DoubleTree (Official Hotel), 100Plus (Official Isotonic Beverage), Crestlink (Official Apparel), Transview Golf (Official Golf Accessories & Equipment), Mal-Tel (Official Radio & Communications), Spritzer (Official Water), Singleton (Official Whisky), Srixon (Official Range Balls), Havana (Official Cigars).


 

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