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Family will be key to Lahiri’s success at the Open

Anirban Lahiri

New Delhi:  Star Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri is be looking to reap the benefits of having the support of his entire family at St Andrews when the Open gets underway in a fortnight.

With family as the bedrock of his success, Lahiri’s trip to the British Open will be made extra special at the world’s oldest Major, scheduled to be held from July 16 to 19.

“My entire family is going to be there and my coach is going to be there with me. This trip is going to be very special for me as both my mum and dad are going to be there for the first time together at a professional event and of course, my wife,” said the 28-year-old.

Lahiri has been married to Ipsa Jamwal for little over a year and the seven-time Asian Tour winner has been full of praises for his wife, whom he credits for his success both on and off the golf course.

“She has been fantastic. It’s great to have her by my side. The last couple of months have been fantastic. We recently celebrated a year of marriage and it’s wonderful for me to have her especially for my trips to America because it’s very different from the Asian Tour where I know everyone,” said Lahiri.

Having a supportive wife who understands the demands of a professional golfer is key for Lahiri, who has gone on a scorching run of form since he tied the knot last May.

The current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader has won four tournaments, including two wins in co-sanctioned events with the European Tour in Malaysia and India in the last 15 months.

“It’s very important to have the kind of company and support that I get from my wife especially when you’re travelling. She has been taking care of me and it has been wonderful,” said Lahiri.

Having missed the cut at The Open last year, Lahiri is determined to better his result from his 2012 debut where he finished tied 31st at Royal Lytham and St Annes and sank a magical hole-in-one during the third round.

Accompanied only by his father then, Lahiri now hopes to put up another memorable performance so that his entire family can witness his proud moments together this year.

“That was a very special week as we were travelling outside India for the first time together. I knew he had a great time then and just it’s great that my entire family is going to be there this year. I’m super excited,” said Lahiri.

Lahiri will be part of a strong Asian Tour contingent at The Open.

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