Lahiri stormed home with the day's lowest round, a bogey-free seven-under-par 65, to finish three strokes behind victor Jason Dufner at Muirfield Village.
With his back against the wall after three missed cuts in as many weeks, India's top golfer Anirban Lahiri rose when it mattered the most and brought his A-game out to shoot a blemish-free seven under 65 on the final day of the Memorial Tournament, to pick up his best finish on the PGA Tour in Ohio, United States.
It was a score that stayed as the clubhouse target as the players grappled with a weather delay and a course that became demanding.
Anirban, whose previous best finish on the PGA Tour was tied third at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia earlier this season, has now skyrocketed from 92nd to 44th place in the FedexCup Standings thus all but sealing his card on the PGA Tour for next season.
Jason Dufner's 65s he shot to open the Memorial were aided by strong putting rounds. Keyur Khamar PGA Tour
Following a T-2 finish Sunday at Muirfield Village, Lahiri is projected to move to 65th in the Official World Golf Ranking, five spots outside next week's top 60 for exemptions into the U.S. Open. With this jump, he will strengthen his bid for a berth in the International Team for the 2017 Presidents Cup scheduled to be held in Jersey City, New Jersey, from September 26 to October 1. And sometimes when you push yourself harder, it works against you.
Lahiri admitted that his desperation to improve his status hit him hard. Like I said, I beat myself up a little bit because I played 10 consecutive majors, and now I'm not in any major yet. "And I feel that was what was happening. I think I was - I wasn't in a good frame of mind, and I think that's what's changed this week". I haven't played a major or WGC this year. "And coming into this week I just made a decision to be nice to myself and go out there and enjoy my golf, which I found wasn't happening as often as it should", the Indian was quoted as saying by pgatour.com.
"There are many things to push for".