Lahiri hopes to regain form at Players Championship

Anirban Lahiri, ranked exactly no. 100, will be trying to stay inside the world’s top-100 while playing the PGA Tour, courtesy his full playing rights.

Anirban Lahiri has made six cuts in nine starts, but not finished inside top-25 this year.   -  Getty Images

Golfer Anirban Lahiri, the only Indian to feature at the prestigious Players Championships, would be hoping to stay inside world’s top-100 with a fine show here, starting on Thursday.

Lahiri, ranked exactly no. 100, will be trying to stay inside the world’s top-100 while playing the PGA Tour, courtesy his full playing rights.

Lahiri needs to turn his form around to stay inside top-100 and maybe move into top-50 and play all the Majors as he did in 2015 and 2016.

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Lahiri has made six cuts in nine starts, but not finished inside top-25 this year. “All I need is a good round to get my confidence back, especially on the putting green, said Lahiri, who has not won on any Tour since his last win in February 2015 in the Hero Indian Open.

“I feel a lot of departments are working but my scoring hasn’t been as good as I would like it to be. That’s where I’m going to be focusing on over the next two days here.

“I’m comfortable with some of the shots that you get around here, added Lahiri, who goes out with another Korean, Ahn Byeong-Hun, and Frenchman Alex Levy.

Only two Asians, KJ Choi, the 2011 winner, and Si Woo Kim, the defending champion, have won the Players Championship. They are both in the field this week and their form suggest they could again make a run for it against a field which is one of the strongest ever in the history of this event.

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But the field also has two other Asian players in Lahiri and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who have the ability to pull it off.

While Lahiri would be looking to find his mojo back, Kiradech is close to his career-best ranking of no. 29 achieved last month and has been tied-5th in both the WGC events he has played this year.

He has also had a win on the European Tour this year. In short, he is playing at his best and close to getting into the PGA Tour.