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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, June 23, 2013
Less than 10 days ago, Anirban Lahiri decided to forego the belly putter that helped him win two of his three Asian Tour titles, and switch back to the conventional shorter stick. Over his first four competitive rounds since making that switch - at the Queen’s Cup last week - not once did Lahiri three-putt; over the next four, he slipped up only twice.

Unfortunately for him, one of those two errors happened during the final round of the Worldwide Holdings Selangor Masters that concluded in Petaling Jaya on Sunday. That, and a missed birdie on the 72nd hole meant that Lahiri had to depend on Pariya Junhasavasdikul to slip up and force a playoff. He did not — Lahiri watched from greenside as the Thai holed a pressure putt from about five feet out for par to complete a wire-to-wire victory and, in the process, end a frustrating three-year wait for his second Asian Tour title.

Lahiri, who was trailing by just three strokes going into the final round, eventually carded a three-under 68 to finish in sole second place with a four-day total of eight-under 276. It means that his hunt for the elusive maiden pro victory on foreign soil continues. “I guess I have to wait a little longer for that win outside of India,” he said after the round, while adding that there were “a lot of positives.”