Anirban Lahiri during the EurAsia Cup in March. He will be playing in the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. – Bernama Photo
PETALING JAYA: Asia will continue churning out new golf stars in the years to come.
This is the belief of Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri, who is among the top stars from the Asian Tour featuring in the US$2.75mil (RM8.9mil) Maybank Malaysian Open which starts at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Thursday.
The three-time Asian Tour winner, who finished third on the Order of Merit last season, is eyeing a major title in the region. He believes the Asian Tour has helped provide the foundation for his career.
“Asia is already the breeding ground and playing ground for a lot of the stars of the future.
“The Asian Tour is on its way to getting to a stage where it becomes a name in itself.
“Right now, it’s a fantastic place to play. In terms of opportunity, I’d put it behind the PGA Tour and European Tour.
“It’s a fantastic Tour the way it is going.”
He believes that the successful EurAsia Cup, held last month, can potentially lead to many more sponsors investing in the game across the region.
“We’re still a young Tour ... we’re not as mature as America or Europe. But we have enough credibility, good players and quality to have such (big) events as the EurAsia Cup two weeks ago.
“It’s going to serve as a motivating factor for more events like this to come up.”
The 26-year-old Lahiri, who was part of Team Asia at the inaugural EurAsia Cup, is still overwhelmed with joy that Team Asia managed a memorable fightback to draw 10-all with Europe.
“Two weeks back was one of the best weeks for me in a long, long time. A lot of positive memories and good recollections from the EurAsia Cup. (But) I have to put it behind me, it’s in the past. It gave me a lot of confidence, beating some of the top players in the world.”