Lahiri disappointed with start at DP World Tour Championships in Dubai
Anirban Lahiri was not his usual self at the golf course this afternoon as he allowed a bunch of errors to erase the gains he had made through three birdies in the first round of the DP World Tour Championships on Thursday. The 28-year-old Indian whose regular caddie, Rajiv Kumar, could not make it to Dubai because of Visa issues, had been hoping for a decent start in the final tournament of what has so far been an amazing European Tour season.
Carding a modest round of 73 with three birdies and four bogeys at the Greg Norman layout, Earth Course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates, Lahiri, the winner of Malaysian Open and Hero Indian Open this season, is now seven shots behind the leading foursome. The lead quartet comprises Martin Kaymer, Andy Sullivan, Ian Poulter and Marcus Fraser, who is hoping to make up for the injury filled 2014.
The 28-year-old Lahiri, the only Rookie with two wins this season, said, “I missed Rajiv on the bag and that did affect a bit.” Lahiri, who came back after a week’s rest, having skipped the BMW Masters in Shanghai last week, said, “I don’t think I played too badly. It was just that some of the shots that I was trying to being creative did not work. Some of the shots that I hit bad were the ones I was trying to three-quarters and punch shots.”
He added, “I hit three bad shots and that meant bogeys and I didn’t make as many putts. In a couple of mistakes I made, I wasn’t able to decide able to commit to a shot because I wasn’t sure. Indecision, two bad swings, two bogeys and suddenly you are not scoring. On 17th I was trying too hard. “I did make birdies, but each time I gave them away with bogeys in next 2-3 holes. I am disappointed for sure, because I wanted to make a decent start, but let’s see I will now try to make a comeback tomorrow. There is more golf to play.”