Hungry Lahiri all set for the lucrative CJ Cup in Korea
Jeju Island: Anirban Lahiri who has not won on any Tour for more than 30 months is hungrier than ever before as he gets ready to tee off at the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges as the PGA Tour makes its debut in Korea.
The Asian legs of the PGA Tour have been good for Lahiri who opened his 2017-18 season with a Top-10 last week at the CIMB Classic in Kaula Lumpur, where he also finished T-3rd a year earlier. This season he gets an additional start in Asia with the CJ Cup.
The 30-year, last won a title at the Hero Indian Open co-sanctioned by Asian and European Tours in March 2015. Now well entrenched on the PGA Tour, finished 51st in 2016-17, and closed the season with a Top-10 in the third leg of the play-offs.
But he is still in search of his maiden title on the Tour. A second place at the Memorial earlier this year, which formed part of the past season, has been his best finish. He did lead by four shots going into the final round at the 2016 CIMB Classic, but finally finished T-3rd. Lahiri after playing the first two events of the three-event swing in Asia, will return to US for two more events and then close his schedule for the year, unless there is a dramatic last-minute change. In the break he will work on his game with coach Vijay Divecha.
Lahiri said: "I was disappointed with the way I finished last week even though I finished tied 10th. I expect myself to do better at TPC Kuala Lumpur. Yet, it's a decent start to the new PGA TOUR season. I feel like I'm in a good space mentally."
"My driving was a bit of a concern which I've switched to my backup driver this week and it seems to be coming out way better. Hopefully
I've fixed that problem. I was hitting my other clubs well. It'll be important to hit fairways here, as the rough is quite thick," he added.