ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Anirban Lahiri’s first full season on the PGA Tour was anything but routine.
Splitting time between the European Tour and the U.S. circuit, Lahiri played 20 events around the world before August and he still had the FedEx Cup playoffs, Olympics and European Tour’s Race to Dubai on his schedule to finish the season.
“I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ I was going to burn out and that’s what happened. It caught up with me and I got injured,” said Lahiri, who is making his third start of the fall season this week at the RSM Classic.
Lahiri struggled with a right-shoulder injury at the PGA Championship and Olympics, and this week’s start at Sea Island Resort is his first in the United States since July.
“My rookie year being the same year as the Olympics and the EuroAsia Cup, it was such a squeezed schedule,” he said. “It was really hard.”
Playing in Asia and on the European Tour, Lahiri always played more between June and December, but this being his first year on Tour he had to adjust to the Tour schedule, which is primarily mid-January through August.
The RSM Classic is Lahiri’s 28th start of the year and he said he’s fully recovered from the shoulder injury and back to playing the kind of golf that made him the first player from India to qualify for the International Presidents Cup team two years ago.
Earning his way back onto that International team and moving back into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking is the primary motivation this fall.
“It means a hell of a lot,” Lahiri said. “It’s something that I cherish and I also want to earn my stripes back and get back on the team and earn some points.”
Lahiri is currently 78th in the world, and 20th on the International team’s points list, after a tie for third last month at the CIMB Classic.