Anirban Lahiri knew where he was coming from and where his destination lay. On the radar was a spot in the top-125 on the FedEx Cup points list and a shot at the lucrative FedEx Cup Playoffs starting this Thursday with the Northern Trust Open.
Also at stake is a $15 million top prize but the start to the final day of the Wyndham Championship was far from ideal, but Anirban pulled back after the initial setbacks.
He overcame three early bogeys in his opening six holes for a 70 which ensured his Playoffs return as well. With earlier rounds of 67, 69, 67, he finished T46 at 7-273 in the final event of the PGA Tour’s Regular Season.
“It was nice to finish strong,” said Anirban, who birdied his closing two holes to safeguard his place in the top-125 of the FedExCup points list.
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❌ 126: Justin Rose
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“The funny thing is of those three bogeys, every single one of them I was on the fairway. So I think the first six holes it was just going downhill and I had to kind of really gather myself and kind of centre myself and get back to doing what I’ve been doing well. I knew I needed to make a few birdies coming in just to be safe for the Playoffs, so that feels good,” said Anirban.
“I’d be lying if I say I’m not relieved. I played the Korn Ferry Finals in 2019 after losing my card and then I had a horrendous season, I played awful. I feel like I’m getting closer to my A-game, which I know is good enough to compete with the big boys.”
— Anirban Lahiri (@anirbangolf) August 15, 2021
“It’s a relief that I can at least plan a schedule to some extent, I’m not waiting until Monday to see if I’m going to be first alternate or in and that’s been the case a number of times in these last two years,” he said.
Obviously, the spirits are high as he heads into this week at the Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, and was apparent from the tweet, “How’s the Josh? #FEDEXCUP #PLAYOFFS.”