Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri will head home for a much-needed break after he signed off with a one-under-par 71 at the $8 5million WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai on Sunday. (More in Golf)
Lahiri's four-day total of six-under-par 282 was only enough for him to finish in tied-40th place at Asia's richest tournament where an elite field featuring close to 40 of the world's top-50 players had featured at the Sheshan International Golf Club.
"It was a disappointing week and if I were to look back, it was my second round (75) that put a huge dent in my efforts," said the current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader.
Late entrant into the WGC-HSBC, Russell Knox made the most of the opportunity that came his way with a superb final round of 68 that saw him post a total 20-under 268 and win by two shots over American Kevin Kisner (70).
Having pushed himself past his physical and mental limits over the last few weeks, Lahiri knows a break is needed to end the year like how he had started where he notched two victories in Malaysia and India in February.
"It has been a long year and I've been playing at very low energy levels. I'm heading home next week and going to recharge my batteries for the last couple of event. You can't really blame anything (for his disappointing performance this week)," said Lahiri.
"I just can't say I'm tired or I played badly. I did played well on Saturday so how can you explain that? So it's a combination of a number of factors and fatigue is one of those. I was not 100 percent fit both mentally and physically. I'm just going to plan my schedule better so that I can be at my best again."
Lahiri, who started the year with wins at the Malaysian Open and Hero Indian Open, has decided to skip the BMW Masters in Shanghai next week but will play in the European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Meanwhile, India's other representative at the WGC-HSBC Champions, S.S.P. Chawrasia will turn his attention to Singapore after closing with a 72 for a share of 46th place.
"Basically it was my putting that let me down this week. I'm going to work on it and hopefully it will be a better week in Singapore (World Classic Championship at Laguna National) next," said Chawrasia.