Eyeing Open, Anirban Lahiri returns to Links after three years | Golf News

NORTH BERWICK (Scotland): India Anirban Lahiri returns to Scotland after a three-year gap while playing at Scottish Genesis Openwhich is co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour for the first time.
The event features 14 of the top 15 players in the world, including world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler, the 2022 Masters champion, and the three other reigning major champions Collin Morikawa (Open 2021), Justin Thomas (PGA Championship 2022 ) and Matthew Fitzpatrick (2022 US Open).
The area also includes Shubhankar Sharmawho hopes to end a streak of missed cuts – he’s missed the last three games in a row and six in the last seven starts.
Lahiri played a practice round on Tuesday with Sharma and said: “It’s good to be back at Links golf. I’m here after three full years. So in a way of speaking things are fleeting. similar.
“The big difference between here and the United States, where we also sometimes play in the cold, is mainly in and around the greens.”
“That’s the big fit. Pure greens and speeds of 13 and 14 (stimpmeter) in the United States, that’s Links golf.
“The wind, the direction of the wind and so on. Still, I think the most important part of Links golf is knowing what to avoid and having played here before I thought I knew it.”
Lahiri wants to do well at the Scottish, not only because it’s an event with great legacy, but also because it’s his last chance to play in the 150th Open.
“I would love to be at the St. Andrews Open. The last time I was here I loved it. With the exception of the last holes I played well and have fond memories of the last Open starts, including a hole-in-one on my debut.”
Lahiri made his debut at the 2012 Open 10 years ago and scored a hole-in-one ninth at Royal Lytham. His father, Tushar, still has “that” ball as a souvenir.
After playing little and getting less than satisfactory results, Lahiri added, “I’m sort of resetting the system. The birth of my son made me want to spend more time with the family and that came after a series good results (including second at PLAYERS).
“But I know in the second half I have a long season and a lot of events so I need a balance between work and family. I haven’t played badly as the results might suggest. , but it’s just that I played intermittently and I like to have a 4-5 week streak in a row.
“It’s just the amount of competitive golf that’s gone down. One week on, one week off and so on.”
Lahiri comes out in the first round with Brandon Stone and Connor Syme, while Sharma plays with Cameron Tringale and Guillermo Pereira.
The two Indian players are in different halves of the draw, with Sharma playing in the morning on Thursday and Lahiri in the afternoon, and it will be the other way around on day two.

Michael C. Ford