NEW DELHI, July 19 (Reuters) – India’s Anirban Lahiri gave himself a well timed increase with a season’s greatest tied-for-third end on the Barbasol Championship on Sunday and hopes to hold that momentum into Tokyo the place he might be chasing his nation’s first Olympic golf medal.
Lahiri ended the week one stroke behind the playoff duo of eventual champion Seamus Energy and J.T. Poston after taking pictures rounds of 68, 67, 68 and 65 on the Keene Hint Golf Membership in Nicholasville.
“I feel all week, I’ve performed slightly higher than the scores I’ve shot,” the previous Asia primary advised the PGA Tour after securing his tour card for the following season.
“I am not enjoying subsequent week, off to Tokyo, so I wished to guarantee that I get essentially the most out of this week,” stated Lahiri, who was laid low by COVID-19 in April.
“Each alternative that I get, I will seize it with each arms, and hopefully I can go along with this kind to Tokyo and preserve making these birdies as a result of I will want them.”
In Tokyo, Lahiri might be a part of a area that features newly topped British Open champion Collin Morikawa, world primary Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, this yr’s Masters champion.
Lahiri, a two-time winner on the European Tour, stated an Olympic medal would go a good distance in lifting golf’s profile in India, the place cricket is king.
“I feel it will change the way in which golf is perceived in India. It could have related influence to profitable a serious even,” stated the 34-year-old.
“I feel extra folks would watch an Olympic occasion than only a common PGA Tour occasion in India. That is a fantastic alternative for me to provide again to the sport and produce some glory to the nation.”
Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; enhancing by Peter Rutherford
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