Anirban Lahiri has his maiden European Tour victory at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur.
Anirban carded a final round -4 under par at the Malaysian Open to win the tournament by one stroke with a -16 under par total on the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club course. He spoke about the sensational -10 under par 62 on Saturday, which gave him the opportunity, and he took it, he now has a target of getting into the Masters;
“In hindsight that was one of the most crucial rounds of my career and it’s fantastic when you play well at the right times.”
“I don’t think it’s sunk in just yet, but I’m pretty sure when it hits home it’s going to be a really happy moment for me.”
“I think I’ve got a bad habit of making it hard for myself, but I’m happy I got over the line, as ugly as it was towards the end.”
“The Masters is definitely one of my targets. I don’t know how far I’ll move up, but I’m pretty confident now with this win I should have a pretty good chance.”
Bernd Wiesberger finished in second place at -15 under par. A poor last round of +2 over par 74 was his undoing, and he gracious enough to congratulate Anirban;
“It hasn’t quite finished the way I intended to.”
“After the hiccup on five, I didn’t hit it anywhere near as well as the last 15 rounds. It’s tough to say, but it is what it is and unfortunately I beat myself out of it today.”
“I hit a bad lay-up, flew a lot on the downhill lie and my mind wasn’t there. I hit a bad shot and needed to miss it long and take par and get on with it. It’s disappointing.”
“I just didn’t trust my swing enough which was good the last couple of weeks. It’s still a good week, and congratulations to Anirban who played a lovely round today. I will try again.”
Paul Waring and Alejandro Cañizares also returned over par rounds for the day, but finished tied for third on -13 under par.
The expected challenge from defending Champion Lee Westwood did not materialize, he double bogeyed the second hole on his way to score a sad final round +3 over par 75 and a share of fifth place on -11 under par for the tournament.