Lahiri looks to draw positivity from Bilt Open

Updated: Nov 01, 2011, 21:35 PM IST

New Delhi: Two-time defending champion Anirban Lahiri has some very good memories at the Jaypee Greens golf course and the rising golfer hoped it turns out to be yet another positive week for him when he tees off at the Bilt Open at Greater Noida.

The 24-year-old golfer, who won his maiden Asian Tour title -- the Panasonic Open in April, said he wants to draw positivity from this week, and is looking forward to the Bilt Open to turn around the second half of his season.

"Jaypee Greens have always been lucky for me. In 2007, I played my first tournament as a rookie. I did well and got a country spot in the Asian tour. So it sort of kick-started my career," said Lahiri, who played in 13 PGTI events with five top 10 finishes during his first full season on the tour.

"In my first year in Bilt Open, I lost to Jyoti (Randhawa) but in 2009 and last year, I won. This season has been a mixed year for me.”

"I did well at Sail Open and won the Panasonic Open but again missed a couple of cuts, did poorly on the last day of DLF Masters and I hope the Bilt Open turns out to be lucky for me and betters the second half of the year for me," added Lahiri, who had a very creditable eighth-place finish on the Order of Merit to the 2008 PGTI season.

Anirban, who finished tied 15th at the Indian Open before missing the cut at the CJ invitational hosted in Korea, said he was not bothered about his game and would look to focus on his putting this week.

"I made errors and I have analysed them and made some mental adjustments. I have five events left -- Bilt, Singapore, Hong Kong and European tour qualifyings -- and I amlooking forward to the Bilt Open because it has been a positive week for me for the last three years," he said.

"Jaypee is friendly for drivers, so I would use my drivers, but I won`t mind missing a few fairways as long as I am putting well. One can be flexible with strategy. It is going to be a birdie feast," said Lahiri, who feels anything above 16-under could be a winning score.

Talking about his last-day fumble at the DLF Masters after leading for two days, Lahiri said it was because he was mentally tired as he was playing too many tournaments.

"I had played eight out of nine weeks on a row and I was mentally tired. So I discussed with my coach and decided to sort out my schedule and pick and chose my tournaments so that I get enough rest. I pulled out of Tata Open so that I get a week before heading to Hong Kong and European qualifying." said Lahiri.

Asked about the inaugural Indian Grand Prix formula One race, Lahiri said, "I havent watched F1 in the last 2 years, I was a huge Michael Schumacher and Ferrari fan. Though he has made a comeback again it is not the same.

"I am a novice but I think the car is so different nowadays. Earlier more cars used to compete but now only 5-6 cars are in competion, so it makes it a bit sad," said Lahiri.

PTI