Lahiri revels in hectic dash from honeymoon to Hoylake

Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:54am EDT
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(Reuters) - Preparing for marriage can be both a meticulous and arduous process but for newlywed golfer Anirban Lahiri it is a case of "get me to the course on time" after his honeymoon was cut short by a late invite to the British Open.

The Indian world number 85 curtailed his post-nuptial holidays in Madagascar after two days upon learning he was one of 10 golfers to secure places for the July 17-20 major at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake as the highest ranked non-exempt players.

"I want to play next week in a relaxed approach as life has been hectic with the wedding (in late May) and there's been a lot of things in the head like getting the visas, accommodation and airline bookings done," Lahiri told the Asian Tour.

"I am trying to get it all out of the head now and focus on playing my best. I've been practising hard over the last three days which is good... just trying to get back into the groove," he added.

"It was a great surprise that I've got into my second Open next week."

Lahiri admitted that he had no idea he was in the frame to make a return to the Open two years after his first appearance until he received news of the invite.

"I thought the qualifying cut off was sometime in May and when I checked the Open website, they only had the regular categories available and I assumed I had missed the chance as I wasn't in the field for any of the qualifying events," he added.


Anirban Lahiri of India watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the British Open golf championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes, northern England July 20, 2012.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder/Files