India’s Anirban Lahiri started off his Presidents Cup campaign with a loss and will sit out of the Fourballs competition.
Anirban Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee were defeated by the team of Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker. It was the first win for US in the match, who then went on to build a lead of 4-1, their biggest lead since 2007.
“You don’t just play for yourself. You play for the team, and unfortunately I didn’t play my best today, and hopefully I come up with my game whenever I’m asked to,” Lahiri said after the match.
Lahiri will sit out of the fourball format on Friday. International team captain Nick Price said that the team will be looking to make up some lost ground during the Friday session.
Record for Lahiri at Presidents Cup
Despite the disappointing start, Lahiri holds the record for being the first Indian to play in the Presidents Cup.
“It was very special. Extremely special. There’s not a lot of times in your career that it will happen, and the times that it does happen it really makes you feel like all the effort, everything that you’ve put into it – not just you but your family, your team, your coach, your physio, your trainer, anyone and everyone that’s contributed to your effort in any way, it makes all of that worth it. That is what you’re putting yourself out there for and nothing compares to that,” he said.
Results: Foursomes: (First named winners): Watson/Holmes (U.S.) bt Scott/Matsuyama (International), 3&2 Oosthuizen/ Grace (Int’l) bt Kuchar/ Reed, 3 & 2, Fowler/ Walker (U.S.) bt Lahiri/Thongchai, 5 & 4, Mickelson/Z Johnson (U.S.) b Day/Bowditch, 2-up Spieth/D Johnson (U.S.) bt Lee/ Leishman, 4 & 3 US Lead Internationals 4-1.