Shah Alam, Malaysia: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri, who achieved a breakthrough win at the Panasonic Master earlier this year, is looking forward to the second half of the season ahead of the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters, which starts on Wednesday.
Lahiri and Gaganjeet Bhullar, who teamed up to win the silver medal at the 2006 Asian Games, were among the strong Indian line-up at the event, that also includes former Asian Tour number one, Jyoti Randhawa, an eight-time winner on the Asian tour, and the seasoned Gaurav Ghei, who has three wins.
Lahiri, who is coming on the back of a shoulder problem and had taken time off after the event in Koh Samui, said he was now much feeling after the brief layoff.
"I had some time off after Samui. I rested my shoulder which was injured going into the week. The shoulder is feeling much better. It`s great to be back in Malaysia. Hopefully, the rain stays away! It`s a lovely course. I really enjoyed my two rounds here. Beautiful layout and we have challenging greens. It`ll be a challenging week as we`ve got a good field," he said.
"The game is feeling good. I`m feeling quite confident. I feel my ball striking is improving after working with my coach in Bangalore. I think I`m moving in the right direction. Just have to be more patient to let the results come," Lahiri added.
He said he was happy with his performance in the first half of the year.
"I don`t think scoring will be very low. You`ll see a few rounds that will go low. There are some high quality players out there. But I`ll be really surprised if it goes below 12 or 15 under. I think that will be a good score," Lahiri said.
"But in Malaysia, you don`t really know with the weather. If it`s windy or if the rain comes, the greens will be softer which will make things easier. I`ve had a top-10 at this event a few times in Seri Selangor. It`s my first time out to Kota Permai. I`m looking forward to going out there and competing."
Title holder Angelo Que amazingly shot two holes-in-one on Tuesday in preparation for his defence of the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters.
The bubbly Filipino, who has never produced an ace in his career previously, fired the magical shots at the par three sixth and 14th holes at Kota Permai Golf and Country Club, which is hosting the USD 400,000 Asian Tour event for the first time.
Que was thrilled with his sterling effort with a six iron and pitching wedge respectively, which officials believe was a first in Asian Tour history.
Que knows he must be at his best form to defend his title against the likes of Bangladeshi sensation Mohammad Siddikur Rahman, ranked second on the Order of Merit, and South African Jbe Kruger, who is fourth on the rankings.
Shaaban Hussin, Danny Chia, Iain Steel and Ben Leong, winner of the event in 2008, will spearhead the local challenge.