Resurgent Anirban Lahiri eyes Texas Open title tilt with masters in mind | Golf News

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A dynamic Anirban Lahiri will take part in the Texas Open from Thursday with every intention of battling for a win to earn a coveted spot in the Masters Tournament. The Indian star enjoyed a career highlight with a runner-up finish at THE PLAYERS Championship, the PGA Tour’s flagship tournament, at TPC Sawgrass two weeks ago and is determined to build on his resurgence at TPC San Antonio which hosts tournaments at $8.6 million this week. .

“Who doesn’t think about the Masters? We all think so. I understand that I will need a victory, just like everyone who is not already in Augusta hopes to do,” said Anirban Lahiri.

The Masters Tournament, the first major tournament of the year, kicks off next week at Augusta National Golf Club with Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama defending his title. The winner in Texas, who is not otherwise exempt, will receive the final spot in the Masters field.

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Lahiri has played Augusta National twice, finishing T49 and T42 respectively in 2015 and 2016 and those were the years Lahiri felt he was playing some of his best golf. The 34-year-old was back to being himself a fortnight ago when he led the final round of THE PLAYERS before finishing second to Australian Cameron Smith to earn a career-high 2 .18 million.

“I can’t wait to go back. I watched the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play a lot (last week), a lot of friends fought it out and it makes me want to get out and play some golf. I’m excited. I had 10 days of rest at home, but we had some difficulties. My little girl caught a little infection and we all fought coughs and colds a bit, but we’re coming to an end. of it,” Lahiri said.

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Interestingly, Lahiri’s return to form was largely due to him adding 3.5 grams of weight to his irons, which has since allowed him to move freely around the golf course. A return to the Valero Texas Open will also give him a lot of confidence as he finished fifth in the event last year.

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“Equipment-wise, I’m all sorted and just trying to lean on it. Just the fact that I have what I need to play well, and can make myself a bit more trust I can stop trying harder and somehow let it happen like I did a few weeks ago As far as the process of letting go and just playing, THE PLAYERS has been a week important to me,” said Lahiri, who is currently ranked 45th in the FedEx Cup standings.

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“I have fond memories of last year as Valero was one of my most outstanding events and I played very well, very consistently. It’s a tough golf course, especially when there are windy It can get firm and fast and it’s another course you have to drive it’s good Strategically you have to be very solid in how you navigate the golf course because there are a lot of issues I think it works to my advantage because strategically I have a good game plan. It comes down to executing and putting it into play.”

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