Saint Anthony: March 29 (IANS) Following his success at The Players Championship, Indian golf standout Anirban Lahiri will play at the Valero Texas Open starting Thursday, eager to fight for a win to earn a coveted spot in the Masters Tournament.
Lahiri, 34, enjoyed a career highlight with a second-place finish at The Players Championship, the PGA Tour’s flagship tournament, at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, two weeks ago and is determined to build on his revival at TPC San Antonio, which is hosting this week’s $8.6 million tournament.
“Who doesn’t think of the Masters? We all do,” Lahiri said. “I understand that I’m going to need a win, just like everyone else who’s not in Augusta yet is hoping to.” The Masters Tournament, the first major of the year, kicks off at Augusta National Golf Club next week with Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama defending his title. The winner in Texas, who is not otherwise exempt, will receive the final spot in the Mastery field.
Lahiri made two appearances at Augusta National, finishing T49 and T42 in 2015 and 2016, respectively, and those were the years Lahiri felt he was playing his best golf. The 34-year-old was himself again a fortnight ago when he led the final round at The Players before finishing second to Australia’s Cameron Smith, which saw him win a career-high $2.18 million. he.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back out there. I’ve seen a lot of WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play (last week), a lot of friends competing and it makes me want to go out and play golf. I’m excited,” Lahiri said.
“I had a nice 10 days off at home, but we had a few issues. My little girl got a little infection and we’ve all been battling coughs and colds, but we’re nearing the end.” “Lahiri’s return to form was largely due to him adding 3.5 grams of weight to his irons, which has since resulted in his excellent performance at The Players. A return to the Valero Texas Open will also give him a lot of confidence, having finished fifth in the event last year.
“As for the team, I’m all sorted out and I’m just trying to develop it. Just the fact that I have what I need to play well and I can trust myself a little bit more, I can stop trying harder and let it happen.” just like I did a couple of weeks ago. In terms of the process of letting go and just playing, The Players was an important week for me,” said Lahiri, who is currently ranked 45th in the FedExCup standings.
“I have good memories of last year as Valero was one of my highlights and I played very well, very consistently. It’s a tough golf course, especially when it’s windy. It can get firm and fast and it’s another course to the one you should drive.” it’s good. Strategically, you have to be very solid in the way you navigate the golf course, as there are a lot of problems. I think that works in my favor as a strategy, I have a good game plan. It all comes down to execution and putting it on the line.”