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Vijay Singh inspires Lahiri

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri, 27, is regarded as one of the rising stars of the sport in the world. He is currently India’s Number One. He is in the country
14 Aug 2014 09:34
Vijay Singh inspires Lahiri
Vijay Singh inspires Lahiri

Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri, 27, is regarded as one of the rising stars of the sport in the world.

He is currently India’s Number One.

He is in the country to play in the inaugural Fiji International which starts this morning at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course.

He has won 11 professional titles since turning professional in 2007.

Lahiri brings a burst of youth to the Natadola greens in the next four days when playing among some of the best in the world and some uprising big hitters.

“I am very excited to be here. This is my first time in Fiji,” Lahiri said.

“It is far away from India. Conditions are beautiful, quite windy and I think it will be challenging.

“There are a lot of great players including Nick Price, but I am looking forward to play.”

He admitted that Fiji’s Vijay Singh, Tiger Woods and his fellow countryman Jeev Milkha Singh helped in his golf career.

“Vijay Singh has been one of my idols and he is from here,” he said.

“Jeev Milkha Singh (top ever Indian pro to break in the top 100 in 2006) has put Indian golf on the world.

“Vijay was the first guy to look up to as he works hard and climbed up the ladder, whereas Tiger is gifted when he was in his best. I look up to them for their own specialty.

“I have met Dinesh Chand (Japan-based Fijian) and there is a lot of Indian influence here in Fiji.

“Obviously there is a lot of interest here. I had a great year, great 18 months and hoping to be in the right direction to play well.”

Lahiri is not fond of cricket like most back home.

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“Golf has been everything for me for the last decade or so. When I am not playing golf, I need to spend time with my family or just put my feet up and relax.”

His appearance at his second Major will cap-off a successful 12 months for Lahiri who currently leads the Asian Tour Order of Merit after his win on the tour in April. He also represented India at the World Cup of Golf last November.

His father was an amateur golfer. Anirban started shooting his way up the ranks – from junior, amateur and then professional playing for Bangalore, India and in the international scene. He tees-off today at 11.55am at Natadola in the First Round with Australian Craig Parry and Korea’s Kim Bi-o.

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