Two wins in three weeks a dream come true for Lahiri
By Tony Jimenez
LONDON (Reuters) - Three months after having to go to Qualifying School to earn his European Tour card, an excited Anirban Lahiri can look ahead to a season when he will compete in all four majors for the first time in his career.
Out of nowhere the 27-year-old Indian has rocketed to 34th in the world rankings after following his victory in the Malaysian Open two weeks ago by landing the co-sanctioned Indian Open title in New Delhi on Sunday.
"This is what dreams are made of," Lahiri told Reuters in a telephone interview on Monday. "You don't expect this sort of thing to happen all the time.
"I wasn't anticipating these two performances to come in such a rush. Malaysia was very special of course, achieving my first European Tour win and getting into the world's top 50.
"Since then I've found it easier to play with a little more freedom."
Lahiri, though, has a tendency to make a drama out of a crisis.
He had to sink a 40-foot putt at the 17th hole to edge out Austrian Bernd Wiesberger in Malaysia and his second European Tour win also came as a result of a moment of magic.
Lahiri chipped in for a par at the penultimate hole of regulation in New Delhi before going on to defeat countryman SSP Chawrasia in a playoff. Continued...