Target is to be in the Top-50: Anirban Lahiri

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Thursday, 23 July 2015
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Embarking on what has been the most exciting part of his professional career, Anirban Lahiri made enough waves during the 144th Open Championships at the Old Course at St. Andrews after finishing Tied 30. In this conversation with V Krishnaswamy after the British Open, the Indian golfer looks at the positives from his performance  


What was your biggest takeaway from the British Open? 

Actually a lot. I hadn't shot a single round over par at a Major before this. That is a massive positive. I was not in great form before I came here, having missed a few cuts. Now after this I feel my form's returning and that is a huge positive.Overall, I played decently, though I cannot say I played well. I dropped too many shots. 

Overall, this year you have played at a lot of new courses and events, how is that working out? 

Almost every week, I have been stepping on a brand new course. I know I will come back, it will help at that time. In Asia, when I played I had been around most of the courses and I knew what to do. There were not new tracks, so that helped. That's what I mean by experience and it is there in other aspects, too, like weather, travel, course management and so much else. 

You have often talked about gaining experience at each event, how was it here? 

Again a lot. On the back nine (on the final day) I kept finding fairway bunkers and put myself in bad positions. My inexperience showed. I didn't choose the right club at some of the tees and I did not hit the right line sometimes. I should have been at least 2-3 shots better. As I said I will learn with more experience. 


Of late, your coach Vijay Divecha has been travelling with you for only some events. Is that a plan? What about your caddy, Rajeev? 

I have been travelling constantly since March. So, there is not enough time for practice to strengthen my game. So, I sat with my coach, Vijay and worked out a plan to maintain a certain level. Now every couple of months he will come out travel with me to help me iron my game out. As for Rajeev, he has been with me on all my seven wins and .. 

What is next for you from here to the end of the season? 

The second half of the year is where the action is. It is the most important stretch. First of all I want to be in Top-50 (of the world rankings) or at least as close as possible. There are a lot of tournaments lined up. I also want to make it into the international team for President's Cup. I have slipped in the rankings for the tournament a bit, so have to do better. I am also trying to get a card in US, so I plan to play the final series, so I may have to miss a few events. So before that I need to myself in a decent position so that I don't have too much ground to catch. In the end the plan is to play well and the rest takes care of itself. 


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