Anirban Lahiri excited to return to European Tour as Scottish Open beckons

Anirban Lahiri will begin the European Tour week with his debut appearance at the Hero Challenge on Tuesday, a warm-up event ahead of the Scottish Open

other sports Updated: Jul 10, 2017 20:04 IST
V. Krishnaswamy
V. Krishnaswamy
Hindustan Times
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Anirban Lahiri of India will be making a return to the European Tour after a big gap(Getty Images)

Anirban Lahiri, who celebrated his 30th birthday barely a fortnight ago and spent the time with friends and family, is all excited about returning to the European Tour after a fairly extended stretch away from it.

Anirban Lahiri will tee up at the Scottish Open on Thursday in his first appearance on the European Tour since his home event at the Indian Open in March.

Lahiri has been following a fairly regulated schedule with the knowledge that the second half of the year will be packed. With his place in the FedEx Cup play-offs confirmed – he is currently 46th and the Top-125 will begin the series.

“It’s been a long while away from Europe and I love being back. I am looking forward to the Scottish and hopefully the British Open, too.

“My focus had been on PGA Tour and there things were alright, and I did finish even second at the Memorial. But a win is still my goal there.”

Anirban Lahiri will begin the week with his debut appearance at the Hero Challenge on Tuesday, where he will play alongside the likes of American stars Matt Kuchar and Patrick Reed besides The Open Champion Henrik Stenson, reigning Hero Challenge champion Alex Levy, Scotland’s own Russell Knox, European Tour winner Rafa Cabrera Bello and rising English star Tyrrell Hatton.

One-hole knockout affair

They will clash in the exciting one-hole knockout contest takes place on the evening of Tuesday July 11 - two days before the Scottish Open action gets under way at Dundonald Links.

Lahiri said, “We need innovations to promote golf and this one-hole knock-out which I missed at British Masters last year seems fun and great way to bring new audiences.”

Kuchar said: “The Hero Challenge is definitely a great way to start off a tournament week, and it sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun for the players, the fans and the TV audience. It seems like a good way of bringing golf to a new audience, and getting fans excited about the tournament too. I can’t wait to take part.”

The eight players take part in seven quick-fire head-to-head straight knockout matches to determine the champion, with the entire contest concluded in less than an hour.

The exciting night golf event made its debut at last year’s British Masters as Frenchman Levy triumphed in the sudden-death shoot-out hole under floodlights and in front of a huge gallery.

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 20:01 IST