New Delhi, 27-02-2015

Anirban Lahiri named The European Tour Race to Dubai Golfer of the Month

Anirban Lahiri has been named The European Tour Race to Dubai Golfer of the Month for February following the incredible run of form that saw him win two titles in the space of three weeks.

Lahiri, who battled his way through the Qualifying School Final Stage three months back to earn his place on The European Tour, has produced some extraordinary performances in February that have catapulted him to 34th place in the Official World Golf Ranking and guaranteed him a place at The Masters Tournament.

Nine shots behind leaders Lee Westwood and Alejandro Cañizares at the halfway stage of the Maybank Malaysian Open, Lahiri rampaged to victory with weekend rounds of 62-68 at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club to burst into the top 50 of the World Ranking.

After a tie for 21st in the True Thailand Classic, Lahiri returned home for the Indian Open and the venue of three of his six Asian Tour career victories, the Delhi Golf Club.

Lahiri started the final round in Delhi seven shots behind countryman SSP Chawrasia, but found himself in a six-man battle for the title on the back nine, as the tough playing conditions at the Delhi Golf Club took their toll on the field. Anirban finally prevailed over SSP in the playoff to complete a career-changing three week run.

“It’s amazing, the whole world is open to me now,” said Lahiri. “If you think back to November, with six holes to play of the 108-hole Qualifying School, I was outside the qualifying places for the first time that week.

“I knew I needed to do something, and I birdied two of my last five holes to get my card. To be now talking about playing in the Masters is the stuff of dreams. I have to stay focussed and try to ride the momentum of this moment because it’s not all the time something special like that happens in a player’s career.

“There is element of luck, but I need to keep playing well and see where it takes me. It’s been an amazing journey so far, and hopefully I can win a few more Golfer of the Month Awards along the way.”

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