Right now, there is no place Anirvan Lahiri would rather be than home. He is enjoying every second, months after moving to LIV Golf, leaving his American residence and starting a new life in Dubai. So much so that even after 18 holes at the SSP Chawrasia Invitational at the Royal Calcutta Golf Course (RCGC), Lahiri happily held a clinic for kids, amateurs and professionals alike, playing every anecdote, lesson and trick he could in shared a long time. time. the hour. Then he spoke to Hindustan Times in an interview. Pieces:
How would you like to sum up the past year?
The only thing missing is victory. It would be nice if I could have him tomorrow, although he won’t be on the rides I like. But it was a very rewarding year. I had a lot of good opportunities. It’s been a life changing year, moving from America, moving to LIV Golf, some big decisions made and lots of great golf played in between. I am so happy, when I had my second baby it was a wonderful 2022.
Back to second place in the Players Championship, did you really think at that moment you were going to move to LIV?
no. One of the things I’ve learned from my life is that you have to stay in the present as much as possible. The players are always great, but last week I had a bad finish. Three weeks ago I missed three slices in a row. As a golfer you learn the hard way to stay in the present, just work on what you need to do next. After the Players Championship my focus was on relaxing and then going to the next event and letting life happen in between. So, when the opportunity came up, I had a long talk with my family and core team and we decided to make the decision. At the time, the question was, “Okay, what are we going to do next?” It’s always one step at a time, and there’s no point in moving forward.
You said that work-life balance was one of the reasons I moved to LIV. How much of that happened?
A lot has happened. Western media mocked the actors who talked about the work-life balance. But I would like everyone to look at our lives for the past three months. We have already moved to Dubai, and here in India. I fly to Dubai on Monday, then back to Pune to be with my wife and mother-in-law the following Monday. Will I be able to do this if I’m in the US? no. Is it a better work-life balance? Personally, yes! We just walk the walk and talk the talk, not making claims or saying things we’ve been asked to do. And I always try to live my life with fewer actions and fewer words. So definitely, there has really been a big change in the work-life balance. The family feels happier when they are closer to home. We have many good friends in Dubai. I don’t feel like we moved countries, but rather I feel like we benefited from a good support system that was already in place, so personally I’m very happy with where I find myself.
Were you worried in your mind that this decision might hurt?
You go into everything with your eyes open. You weigh the pros, cons and issues, and then make the decision that is best for you and everyone involved at that moment. You have made many difficult decisions in life, many that others have questioned. After making the decision, I have to support myself. and the reasons behind making these decisions.
How do you now restore your career and your life?
My goal is still to win a major. How do I enter them, I will know what my paths are. The world of golf is in such flux that no one really knows. But if I have to qualify for the US Open or the US Open, I will. And as for the ranking, I don’t know where the coin will fall in terms of LIV. But when I get up every morning, I still try to be a better person and a better golfer. I still work as hard, if not harder, than I did before because of the space available on a tour like LIV. There are only 48 cards, not 125 like the PGA. So my commitment to the profession and my personal ambitions are the same. I strive for less. Nothing changes for me personally. Everyone outside looks in and they’re like, “Oh, those guys must be scary.” No, come live in my shoes for a day and then ask yourself this question.
But you sure seem happier…
100% much happier. Very happy to be with friends like family. And the house too. Going back to India is always nice. The world of golf is also one big family. That’s why, when I’m here, I feel at home. Some of my friends, and even some guys I’ve never met, all of these things are important to me. Why can’t I do this? Now I can and it was the right decision.
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