Two wins in three weeks a dream come true for Lahiri

Mon Feb 23, 2015 1:04pm EST
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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...

Anirban Lahiri of India watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 17, 2014.  REUTERS/Toby Melville