Anirban Lahiri Saves His Best for the Last Day at European Masters
Anirban Lahiri was in top form as he ended his Swiss campaign with a flawless round that included one eagle and four birdies en route to closing with a four-day total of 11-under-par 269 at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club. Lahiri finished in a tie for 13th place.
India's Anirban Lahiri produced his best on the last day as he signed off with his week's best score of six-under-par 64 to finish tied 13 at the Omega European Masters in Crans Montana on Sunday.
The 27-year-old Indian was in top form as he ended his Swiss campaign with a flawless round that included one eagle and four birdies en route to closing with a four-day total of 11-under-par 269 at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club. Lahiri finished in a tie for 13th place.
David Lipsky of the United States, a former winner of the Asian tour Qualifying School, beat Graeme Storm (68) in the first play-off hole for a sensational breakthrough win in his career.
With the USD 504,000 winners' cheque coming his way, it meant Lipsky overtook Lahiri at the top of the Asian Tour Order of Merit. Lipsky moved up from fourth to top and now has USD 645,770 while Lahiri has 287,873.
Jyoti Randhawa, who became India's first Asian number one in 2002, closed with a 68 to be tied 21st while Rahil Gangjee, who was among the three Indians that featured in the weekend rounds of the Omega European Masters, signed off with a 73 in 76th place.
Randhawa was also tied 13th at 11-under but a bogey on 16th saw him slip down.
Both Lahiri and Randhawa had eagles on par-4 seventh, which has a reachable green. While Randhawa birdied the hole on each of the first three days and eagled it on last, Lahiri had bogeyed the hole on first day and parred the next two days.
Lipsky who shot a stunning five-under 65 with six birdies, an eagle and three bogeys drew level with Storm at 18-under. Storm shot 68 in the final round. In the first play-off hole, Lipsky scored four and Storm had a five.
Lahiri said, "I definitely needed this result today as it has been a tough week. I played well but I haven't scored. It was nice to have a bogey-free round today. I felt like my game was turning the corner so I'm happy I managed to do it before I leave here."
Lahiri did not get off to the best of starts when he opened with a 70 before going on to post rounds of 67 and 68. While his first round result might have derailed his title ambitions at the Swiss showpiece, the four-time Asian Tour winner showed character by bouncing back to form in the subsequent rounds.
"It was very important to pick myself up after the opening 70. I played flawless golf in the first 10 holes where I was three-under and really, I should have played much better right throughout the week.
"But it's my first tournament back and I'm still a little bit rusty. It's nice to have four rounds in and I'm sure I'm going to kick on from here," said Lahiri.