Lahiri playing for Asia

The world number 34 will be turning out at Augusta National for the first time on Thursday, with Lahiri and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand flying the flag for Asia at the event. The Indian ace admits that he is very excited about making his debut.

“The first shot on Thursday is going to be special. And it is easily one of the biggest ever events I have played in – though the (British) Open and PGA Championship were also special in their own way,” he told the official Asian Tour website.

“I am not exactly in awe, but I am excited alright. I get the feeling this kind of golf course suits me. Having said that, it is a challenging course.

“I am set for the Masters. My game is ready and I’ve had good sessions out here and my childhood dream is now about to become a reality. I know I have it to belong here and I now am playing not just for myself for but for India and Asian golf.”

Lahiri has been paired with England's Lee Westwood and Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain for the opening round, and he is looking forward to turning out with the two experienced campaigners.

"Both Lee (Westwood) and Miguel (Jimenez) are experienced stars and I have known them. They are great fun and very encouraging," said the 27-year-old.

"I played the final round of Malaysian Open with Lee and the first two rounds of the Hero Indian Open with Miguel. Both those events have great memories for me."