Anirban Lahiri: Being a part of LIV golf, we nearly really feel ostracised

Published:Mar 9, 202412:46
Anirban Lahiri: Being a part of LIV golf, we nearly really feel ostracised

Main Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri says skilled golf goes by way of a transition following the introduction of LIV Golf and folks should be affected person in the intervening time.

Lahiri, who completed second within the inaugural S.S.P. Chawrasia Invitational event on the Royal Calcutta Golf Membership course on Saturday, was happy together with his expertise with LIV Golf to this point.

“It has been an exquisite expertise. Beginning out, I had some reservations as a result of I didn't know what I used to be going into. I had spoken to my mates who had already transitioned. It has been unbelievable, they've taken unbelievable care of us and the golf programs have been immaculate. The eye to element could be very spectacular. I can’t converse extremely sufficient of how they've performed the occasions and have taken care of the gamers,” Lahiri advised Sportstar.

The 35-year-old gave his views in regards to the enterprise attracting some criticism.

“There are a lot of totally different views from which you'll be able to give the present golf state of affairs. I received’t simply single out LIV Golf. There are quite a lot of totally different organizations that aren't essentially taking the excessive street of behaving in probably the most amicable method. LIV Golf has been very black and white with what they're making an attempt to do. There's going to be a brand new format, there's a huge change, there's going to be an enormous disruption. With that comes negativity, no one likes disruption,” Lahiri mentioned.

“Being part of LIV, we nearly really feel a bit ostracised. I feel quite a lot of the criticisms are invalid. A few of them are (legitimate), I perceive. There are quite a lot of criticisms on the opposite aspect too, however no one desires to speak about that as a result of the media comes throughout as biased, let’s put it like that. Solely time will inform the place this goes.

“In four-five years, if LIV Golf turns into like a T20 format and folks begin having fun with it, then will probably be a very totally different story. On the opposite aspect, if it doesn't come up on all their targets, we are going to see the way it works out. Skilled golf is in a transition part and all people must be affected person and mature in the way to deal with the state of affairs. All three events, the gamers, the followers and spectators, and the group, are three totally different stakeholders they usually all have totally different views on the subject. We've to be delicate to all of them.”

Lahiri mentioned it was tough for him to maneuver base from the USA to Dubai final month. “I needed to give it quite a lot of thought. I've been wanting to maneuver again to India for years now and I first considered coming again residence. However given my schedule and the way a lot I have to journey and having (two) younger kids, Dubai was the best in between – good for golf, near residence and simple for me to journey whereas I'm taking part in rather a lot.”

The ace golfer, whose tied-fifth place within the 2015 PGA Championship stands as the most effective end by an Indian at a Main, mentioned he would compete in 20 to 24 occasions, primarily in LIV Golf and Asian Tour and sporadically within the Skilled Golf Tour of India (PGTI), in a 12 months.

“I obtained a name from S.S.P. a couple of month in the past. Clearly it's a huge deal for him, he's internet hosting his first invitational. A few of the different senior gamers weren't right here – Shiv is injured, Jeev is in between taking part in Q-school, going to Japan – and he (S.S.P.) is an expensive good friend. So I needed to come back out and actually help him no matter what my plans have been.