PETALING JAYA: Former Malaysian Open champion Anirban Lahiri of India served a timely boost to Asian golf when he carded his best season-finish at the Texas Open on Sunday.
The man, who had struggled on the golf course for months, can finally put a smile back on his face and breathe a sigh of relief after knocking in a closing birdie on the last at the TPC San Antonio to sign off with a three-under 69 for his best finish of the season on the PGA Tour by coming out fifth. His 10-under 278 total was some eight shots behind winner Jordan Spieth but the margin wasn’t a concern to Anirban at all.
He made birdies on three of the four par-fives, including a five-footer on the last and earned 110 FedExCup points to move from 125th to 94th on the latest standings which has enhanced his hopes of qualifying for the lucrative Playoffs in August.
With the fine run over the weekend, the former Asian No. 1 has put a stop to a poor run of form where he has missed five cuts from seven starts this year.
All the hard work put in at the practice range in recent weeks has finally paid off, but Anirban knows there is still plenty of work ahead if he is to eventually win on the PGA Tour.
“Overall, it was a great week for me. I’m very happy with how I kept my composure and kind of stuck to what I needed to do, ” said Anirban.
“It was one of those weeks that I could have done a lot more but I’d rather build on this and work on some of the areas where I came up short.”
“I definitely hit the ball good enough to contend and maybe win but my bunker play and my short game, and putting from mid-range to short range was below par.
“Those are the things that I need to work on. I’ve put a lot of work in the full swing and ball striking in the last month or so, and to see that working and holding up under pressure is very pleasing.”
“I need to clean up on some of the areas like my chipping and bunker play which has been my strength.
“I’ll go back to the drawing board and spend time getting more confidence in those areas and also in my mid-range and short range putts. I’ve done well outside of 15 feet but not done well inside of 12 feet. Those are the areas that I’ll be working on and hopefully get better in time to come.”