Back in 2012, The Open in Britain was his first Major, and now ace Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri, a regular on the Major circuit, is back for another crack at the only Major, outside of the United States.
“The Open is one event, which will always be close to my heart. I love being here again and again. Of course we all love to be at every Major, but for all players there is always one or two which are favourites and the Open is one of them for me,” said Lahiri.
Lahiri, whose best this year has been a second place at the Hero Indian Open which is a part of the European and Asian Tours, is due to play the first two rounds with Sergio Garcia, still searching for his maiden Major in an illustrious career, while the third player will be Keegan Bradley from the US, a past Major winner.
“Having played some links golf over the years helps because you know what the conditions will demand from you. Still, its very windy out here and accuracy will be the key. The main idea of links golf is avoiding trouble more than anything else. It’s a great challenge. You have to be very creative, flight it in a different way high or low and so on. It’s different kind of golf from what we have grown up playing,” Lahiri said.
“The Troon is great. But every golf is different. It is very challenging as far as I could see over the holes I have played so far. There are a couple of blind holes, a few in front are narrow and winding and the 11th has a very intimidating tee shot. I am keeping mental pictures and trying to get an idea of where you need to leave the ball. You have to trust yourself,” he added.
Lahiri, whose upcoming stretch includes two Majors and an Olympic appearance, is keen to hit top form ahead of the year’s third Major at the famous Scottish links from July 14 to 17. “The Open is truly a special tournament,” said Lahiri.
“I’ve had a couple of decent outings but feel like I missed out both times on a top-10 finish.