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Paired with Spieth, Lahiri seeks a good finish at Hero World Challenge

At the start of the year, Anirban Lahiri could hardly have visualized being paired with the World No. 1 for his last event of the year. That is exactly what will happen on Thursday in the Hero World Challenge, when he gets to the first tee in the company of Jordan Spieth, who himself was only No. 9 at the start of the year.

Arriving early on Monday into Nassau and quickly getting used to yet another new course – though this one will be a new one for everyone in the field, as it hosts an international event for the first time – Lahiri was looking at the prospect of finishing the year on a high.

“It’s been a fantastic year and a good showing in this elite field will be an icing on the cake,” said a smiling Lahiri, shrugging aside talk of another long journey from India to US. “That’s part of the game. I think I have done it about six times this year. Hopefully with a base here in Florida in 2016, it will be easier. But I am loving all this.”

Yet, on his way from Bangalore to Bahamas, he had to spend a night in a Transit hotel in Doha. His flight from Bangalore took off late because of a freakish fog in his home city resulting in his missing the connection to US. “That’s international travel, for you,” he smiled and added.

Arriving at the breezy Ernie Els-designed Albany course on Monday morning, he spotted his President’s Cup teammate, Adam Scott, who was coming in from an even longer journey from Australia where he was tied second alongside Jordan Spieth, another one taking the same long ‘trek’. The two exchanged quick notes. Doubtless, Lahiri will pick Scott’s brains, for the Aussie is one of the only two players – the other being Justin Rose - in this field, who are familiar with this course. The reason: Scott and Rose have made Bahamas their home.

“I have not played too much golf these last few weeks. I played WGC and then skipped the event in China and teed up in Dubai. I got home on Monday and again rested a bit and here I am on the following Monday,” he said. 
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