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Golf: Indian ace Lahiri sets sights on soaring in Swiss Alps

Anirban Lahiri will be among the Asian Tour contenders at the Omega European Masters, where the Indian led after the opening round last year. Photo: Asian Tour.

Anirban Lahiri will be among the Asian Tour contenders in the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, where the Indian led after the opening round last year. Photo: Asian Tour.

August 22, 2014: India’s Anirban Lahiri will have the opportunity to strengthen his grip on the Asian Tour Order of Merit when the Omega European Masters returns to the scenic Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club from September 4-7.

 

Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Swiss Alps, the Omega European Masters has always been a popular event with players and will launch the second half of the Asian Tour’s 2014 season.

 

Last year, Lahiri grabbed the opening-round lead with a sensational 63, although his challenge fizzled out in the next three rounds after posting scores of 71, 75 and 75.

 

Now, the 27-year-old leads the Asian Tour Order of Merit after an impressive start to the year, recording three top-10s and a memorable win in Indonesia in April. It was Lahiri’s fourth Asian Tour win, but his first outside of India and has put him in pole position to win the money list for the first time.

 

“The Asian Tour Order of Merit is one of the few goals I have set for myself this season and I’ve put myself in a good position at this stage,” Lahiri said. “It was a lot of hard work and dedication. I’ve taken small steps to get to where I’m today.”

 

Without missing a cut in six appearances on this year’s Asian Tour, Lahiri broke into the top-100 on the Official World Golf Ranking and reached a high of World No. 65 in May, marking a phenomenal rise from 1,381 after his rookie season in 2008.

 

Lahiri’s other recent accomplishments include being honoured at home with the prestigious Arjuna Award, India’s second-highest sporting honour, and helping Asia draw with Europe in the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia in March.

 

“My career graph has been on the upper trend, but it has been bumpy,” Lahiri said. “The last 18 months have been tremendous, not just in terms of where my career has gone but also in terms of learning, growth and coming of age as a person and professional.”

 

The Omega European Masters is the only event to be jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour on European soil and will be headlined by Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez, the European Tour’s oldest winner and holder of 21 titles including his win in Switzerland in 2010. Italian Matteo Manassero and French star Victor Dubuisson will also feature in the Swiss showpiece.

 

Source: Asian Tour (www.asiantour.com); Editing by SportAsia

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