Lahiri's vital miss looms over final result


INCHEON, South Korea – It wasn’t the week nor the ending Anirban Lahiri had scripted for his first Presidents Cup.

Lahiri teed off on the 18th hole all square in his singles match on Sunday against Chris Kirk, and he needed to deliver at least a half point for the Internationals to have a chance to win the Cup outright.

Even after Kirk made his 15-footer for birdie, the momentum seemed to be with Lahiri - a native of India who will play his first full season on the PGA Tour next year - as he stood over a 4-foot birdie putt.

But it wasn't his time. After addressing the ball and hitting it rather quickly, Lahiri's ball entered the right side of the cup and lipped out on the left. Had the putt gone down, and all else gone the same, the U.S. and Internationals would have tied, 15-15.

“I was pretty sure what the line was and I made a good stroke. But I think I did what I've done all week – misread putts,” Lahiri said. “I have to give credit to Chris for making that putt. These things are scripted I guess, and I wasn't in the script this time.”

For more from Lahiri, watch his post-match interview with Steve Burkowski below: