Indian golfers inspired by Lahiri

Lahiri won his first European Tour event with a one stroke victory at the Kuala Lumpur Country Club, thanks to birdies on four of his first five holes to post a 68 and finish on 16 under par. 

S Chikkarangappa syas he has been given a boost by Lahiri's win, saying: "It gives a great booster because an Indian has gone on to win an European tour event. All the major golfers have been playing there, so I think Anirban has opened the door for us, it opens a door for all Indians and shows that it is not impossible to win a major tournament in the coming year. So we don't look back anymore.

"I spoke to Anirban, he said he was just being positive. In fact, before going to Malaysia, he and I were practicing together. He was sad that he couldn't make it to Dubai Desert Classic. I could see there was so much energy in him and I thought he will do something this week and the way he won the title under pressure is a great inspiration." 

Angad Cheema was also inspired by Lahiri, adding: "Anirban is an inspiration. The way he won the Maybank Malaysian Open after scoring 10-under in the third round is simply amazing. I know he is mentally tough and I look up to him. 

"He qualified for European tour and won in just a few starts. It gives a lot of confidence because one of us have gone and won there. He showed it is possible."