Back to his short putter, a confident Anirban Lahiri is gunning for the title at the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters starting here on Wednesday.
Lahiri, who dropped from fourth to tenth at the Queen’s Cup, is gung-ho as he begins his hunt for a fourth Asian Tour title.
The three-time Asian Tour winner, who previously used the belly putter, opted for the shorter putter at last week’s Queen’s Cup in Thailand where he finished tied 10th after fighting his way into contention.
Other Indians in the field include Himmat Rai, C Muniyappa, Sujjan Singh, Rahil Gangjee, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Abhijit Chadha, Shankar Das and Abhinav Lohan.
“I’m feeling confident with the short putter which is important if I want to go on to win an event. I’m feeling comfortable and good with my game,” said Lahiri.
“I wasn’t thrilled with the way I was putting with the belly putter in the early part of the season. I had decided with my coach that I was going to try out the short putter in Thailand and Selangor and another two more events back home before making a decision for the rest of the season,” he added.
He believes the tree-lined Seri Selangor course will provide a stern test for the stars of the Asian Tour, which is celebrating its milestone 10th season as a players’ organisation in 2013.
“I was telling some of the rookies that anyone who has come out for these two weeks are playing two of the toughest courses that we play all year. You won’t see 16 or 17 under winning the tournament. Single digit might be good enough,” said the 25-year-old.
Lahiri is amongst a star-studded cast which includes title holder Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, Bangladeshi Siddikur, American Jonathan Moore, Filipino Angelo Que, Australia’s Scott Hend and Korea’s Baek Seuk-hyun at the RM1.2 million ($ 400,000) Asian Tour event this week.