Final Round Interview: Anirban Lahiri
October 15, 2017
Q. Anirban, a top-10 finish at the CIMB Classic. Is that something that you can be proud of?
ANIRBAN LAHIRI: You make it sound much nicer than it feels. No, I'm very disappointed with the way I played today. There were a couple of technical things I was working on and I think I went out on the golf course carrying that. So yeah, I think my mindset wasn't where it needed to be so that's another lesson learned the hard way, I suppose. I actually made a lot of bad swings which were unnecessary. Wasn't playing my natural game and then I just got behind it and kind of let the momentum go. I was happy to get that back, but again, 16, 17, 18 I played in even par and that's been my weakness this week. I think those last three holes you have to play it 5 or 6 under at least and that's where I struggled. 16 I played to over par. That for me was something that's going to hurt me. I'm happy to finish 10th, but given where I was, I'm disappointed with how I played today.
Q. Can you talk us through your schedule?
ANIRBAN LAHIRI: I'm going to play in Korea next week, the CJ. After that I'm going to be heading back to the U.S. I won't be playing the week after. Then I have Vegas that I'm definitely going to be playing and a good chance that I will play Mexico as my last event of the year.
Q. And some time in India as well?
ANIRBAN LAHIRI: Yeah, planning to spend a little bit of extended time. Last year I decided to stay back just to get used to living in Florida and some other reasons. This year I feel like I need to spend some extended time with him and the academy and the kids. I enjoy that as well so I'm looking forward to that.
Q. Any specifics that you kind of planned to work on?
ANIRBAN LAHIRI: Oh, there's a lot to work on. This has probably been one of my worst driving weeks all year. I really had no control with my driver. That's why my scoring average hasn't been good this week. So that's definitely something I need to work on. My short game also has let me down. I think overall my ball striking with my irons was good, the wedges were also good mostly, maybe one shot here and there. But happy with the way I'm putting. So I think I'm not too far away. I just need to nail down one or two small areas and that should basically tighten the game up.
Q. Strong in the mind, you just spoke about the mindset not being right this week?
ANIRBAN LAHIRI: No, not this week, not this week, just today, just today, because like I said, I've not been happy with how I'm driving it. So I was working on the range in the morning with some things that will definitely help it in the future. We already found the cause, but when you're playing a tournament, when you're out there you can't be in practice mode, you can't be in range mode, you've got to be in tournament mode and I think that's a silly mistake that I made today. I got out of it by the end of it. You just live with what you've got, that's most important when you're playing a tournament. I'm happy with the way I recovered to some extent, but again, I would love to go back and tee it up again.
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