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Recharged Lahiri eyes strong return to the PGA TOUR

Press Trust of India  |  South Carolina (US) 

A rejuvenated will be eyeing a strong comeback when he tees up at the at in Head starting here tomorrow.

The Indian star resumes proceedings on the after a three-week break and is hoping some work on his game with will see a change in his golfing fortunes following a lean spell.

"We've been working on some issues that I've faced on the course as I've been erratic with my ball striking and with my iron play.

"I've found a lot of fairways than I usually do but I haven't hit as many greens as I would like and it's not been close enough," said Lahiri, who is ranked a 168th on TOUR for Strokes Gained: Approach-the-Green analysis.

"Although I've made a lot of cuts, I've finished almost dead last a few times, and it felt like I had to grind a lot. It's not been as free flowing as I think it should be and it's been a lot of hard work.

"I seem to have put in too much effort to play some of these weekends which is terrible. While it's good to play four days in any tournament, I have to say it has been below par."

The former No 1 started the 2017/18 season strongly with top-10 finishes at the Classic in and CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES in last October, where he contended for his first title at both events.

He also enjoyed a T14 at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in December but since then, his best outing was a T26 at the Genesis Open.

"The main area has been the scoring. I've not shot a lot of rounds in the 60s, which is a clear indication that some departments are letting me down," said Lahiri, who has shot only 10 rounds in the 60s out of 34 rounds this season.

was disappointed to miss the first two World Championships events of the year and the opening at last week but is eyeing THE PLAYERS Championship, the PGA TOUR's flagship tournament at TPC Sawgrass, set to begin next month.

"It's one of the biggest tournaments of the year for any professional golfer, not just for those on the Those who have the opportunity to play will grab it with both hands.

"It's got the best players in the world, and is as strong as any major," said Lahiri, who is currently ranked 90th on the FedExCup standings.

Talking about the course and the tournament further added: "TPC Sawgrass is a phenomenal course. I think it's a great venue, it's just fantastic.

"It's a great test of golf as there is some amount of length to the course, you need to control the ball flight as it can get windy there, and it's a good test of your patience. It's a proper test of golf," said Lahiri, who missed the cut at THE PLAYERS in 2015 and 2017.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 14:35 IST