2018 looks like a year of strident goals for Anirban Lahiri. India ace golfer Anirban Lahiri, who withstood a two-year title drought, said that he will look to get into contention more often this year to achieve his target of winning his first PGA Tour title.
Lahiri, who will play his first PGA TOUR tournament of 2018 at the Farmers Insurance Open this week, wrote in his blog, ‘One of the targets which I’ve not achieved yet is to get my first win on the PGA TOUR. This is overdue and it is definitely something which is on top of the list.’
The ace golfer wrote, ‘I’ve come close, but I have not been in contention often enough. It’s been few and far in between. I haven’t performed the way I usually do or know I can under those circumstances, which I would say comes down to not putting myself in contention enough.’ The 2015 Hero India Open champion added, ‘Vijay (coach) and I have spent some time discussing that and the goal in 2018 is to get into the last three or four groups on at least four, five or six Sundays in every 10 events. Then you can convert one.’
Lahiri, who also won the Maybank Malaysia Open in 2015, aims to put himself in different and challenging situations more often to keep his game from getting rusty or get its due from the wear and tear cycle.
Lahiri wrote, ‘Regardless of which tour you’re playing on when you’re in contention, there’s only one way to win which is whatever you need to play to win in different circumstances…You either have to play ultra-aggressively, play defensively or just play your usual golf if you’ve got a big lead.”
“At the end of the day, you have to respond to the situation at hand and you’ve got to put yourself in different situations often enough. I’ve not done it enough, and that part of the game becomes rusty if you don’t get into contention enough. It’ll be a matter of time before I convert.’
Anirban Lahiri will open this year at the PGA Tour’s Farmer’s Insurance Open at Torrey Pines this week. The 30-year-old Indian has had four starts in the season, but all towards the end of 2017. This Indian star will resume his 2017-18 season after featuring in four events in the fall where he enjoyed a T10 at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, T5 at CJ CUP in South Korea, T51 at the Shriners Hospital for Children Open and T14 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. He is currently ranked 43rd in the FedExCup standings. Lahiri had put himself in contention for his maiden PGA Tour title at the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges last October, after lying tied 3rd on day 3 but he faltered at the final stretch on the final day to finish tied-5th.