Anirban Lahiri aims for fourth Asian Tour title at Malaysian Open

Confident Anirban Lahiri said his performance at the EurAsia Cup will give him an edge in next week's Maybank Malaysian Open, where he is aiming for a fourth Asian Tour victory.

Updated: April 08, 2014 16:04 IST
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Kuala Lumpur: A fine performance at the inaugural EurAsia Cup has boosted his confidence and Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri believes he will have an edge in next week's Maybank Malaysian Open where he is aiming for a fourth Asian Tour victory. Lahiri defeated Victor Dubuisson of France 2 and 1 in the singles to help Team Asia earn a memorable 10-10 draw in the EurAsia Cup and the 26-year-old hoped to continue his good form when he starts his campaign at the showpiece event at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club from April 17-20.

"I'm looking forward to coming back to Malaysia. The EurAsia Cup was a phenomenal week for all of us and there will be lots of positivity every time I come back to Malaysia now. I'm playing well and hopefully I can keep the form going in the next few weeks," said Lahiri.

After winning three Asian Tour titles on home soil, the talented Indian is determined to claim his biggest career victory yet in his burgeoning career. "I think I've learned over the years and improved from the initial hiccups. I'm pretty much at home now with my game. I've had some good performances and hopefully this year, I will have a breakthrough performance (winning a co-sanctioned tournament)," he said.

"I have been playing good golf and if I can keep playing like this, I will do well in the time to come. I just have to keep patient and keep doing what I'm doing," Lahiri explained.

Lahiri's teammate at EurAsia Cup, Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh will also compete in the USD 2.75 million event with renewed self-belief that he can compete on a level playing field against the world's best players.

Lahiri and Siddikur contributed two points each in the memorable 10-10 draw in the EurAsia Cup and they will be among a stellar cast of players which includes former Malaysian Open champions Lee Westwood of England, Matteo Manassero of Italy, South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen and Thai duo Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Thongchai Jaidee.

Scott Hend of Australia, ranked second in the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit and Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand will also feature in the prestigious event, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour, alongside recent Asian Tour winners Richard T Lee of Canada and Rashid Khan of India.

Lahiri and Siddikur formed a formidable foursome partnership when they earned a vital win to spark Team Asia's comeback after a 0-5 defeat in the opening day's fourball in the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM.

Siddikur, who has not finished outside the top-five on the Asian Tour Order of Merit in the last two seasons, will seek to better his tied eighth finish at the 2011 Maybank Malaysian Open.

He was also a dominant figure in the EurAsia Cup after contributing two points for Team Asia which included an impressive 4 & 3 victory over Stephen Callacher in the singles.

"I am looking forward to the Maybank Malaysian Open. It's a challenging golf course but I've always played good at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club," said the two-time Asian Tour winner.

"I played some good golf at the EurAsia Cup and it was really good experience to play with the European players, some of them who are Ryder Cup players.

"It was really good for the Asian players to force the tie to show our capabilities. I learned many things from out of that week and I'm sure it will help me in my career," added the straight-shooting Bangladeshi.

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