After having a month-long sabbatical, Anirban Lahiri is ready to return in action at the star-studded Genesis Open. During his break, he and his wife Ipsa were blessed with a baby girl- Tisya.
Lahiri expressed his happiness and said that he considers his daughter’s birth to be the best thing that has happened to them. He further added that he is more motivated and is back in action at the Genesis Open.
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Lahiri featured at the Sony Open in Hawaii and Desert Classic but missed the cut in the latter event. Then, he took a break to prepare for parenthood.
This week, Genesis Open will feature many big names including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson, Xander Schauffele and Jordan Spieth.
It will be Woods’ 13th appearance at the tournament. He is going to play with Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy in the event’s opening rounds.
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Along with Woods being the field’s star attraction, Mickelson will also be the crowd puller. Mickelson has arrived fresh off by winning number 44 at Pebble Beach on Monday.
Also, it is informed that the event at Riviera CC will receive elevated PGA Tour status.
A three-year tour exemption will be rewarded to the winners, a higher tournament purse and a reduced field, from 144 players this year to 120 next winter.
That is going to put it alongside the set-up to Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Invitational and Jack Nicklaus’s Memorial Tournament.
Last year, Lahiri was tied 26th at the Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club, and the year before that he was tied 64th.
He will play alongside Americans Luke List and Sam Saunders, in the first two rounds on Thursday and Friday.
Lahiri had fallen to 167th in the World Rankings. He is now aiming to get back into his rhythm. He is all prepared to get into the International team for the 2019 Presidents Cup for the third successive time.
Even when its his fourth year on the PGA Tour, still he is looking for his maiden win, even though he has come close to it.
Lahiri, at the Riviera Country Club, said, “I love the course and am all geared up for it.”
He further added “I feel at home on the PGA Tour and I feel my game is in the right place. But I am not stressing about the results.”
He finished 99th in last season’s FedEx Cup standings following four top-10 finishes.