Kuala Lumpur, Feb 27 : Sail-SBI open winner Anirban Lahiri of India will be counting on meditation to lead him to more glory in the 2012 Asian Tour golf season.
Lahiri credited his new meditation exercise for his second Asian Tour title at the SAIL-SBI Open Saturday and his victory will put him in good stead for his title defence at the Panasonic Open India next month.
The supremely gifted Indian said his mental attitude has improved tremendously since becoming a Vipassna meditation follower, known as one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation.
"I have changed my mental attitude towards golf. I have become a Vipassna meditation follower on the course and that helped me stay in the moment," said Lahiri, who defeated Thailand's Prom Meesawat on the first play-off hole at the Delhi Golf Club (DGC).
"I was trying not to get ahead of myself and that was one of those few things that helped me to execute things rather than project and think into the future," he added.
The tree-lined DGC was never a favourite hunting ground for Lahiri until recently when he notched up two of his Asian Tour titles at the same venue.
Lahiri is tipped to be part of the new generation of golfers to emerge from India alongside rising stars Gaganjeet Bhullar and Himmat Rai. The trio has claimed a combined total of five Asian Tour titles in a span of four years.
India also holds the distinction of having the most Asian Tour Order of Merit winners with Arjun Atwal, Jyoti Randhawa and two-time Asian number one Jeev Milkha Singh previously winning the region's top golfing accolade.
Lahiri's victory at the SAIL-SBI Open propelled him to fourth place on the Order of Merit with earnings of $73,677 and he will be eyeing to swell his winnings at the Panasonic Open India in March.
Jbe Kruger of South Africa continues to lead the Order of Merit with winnings of$394,589 following his victory at the Avantha Masters in India two weeks ago.
Australia's Marcus Fraser is in second place on $109,380 while Prom, who finished second at the SAIL-SBI Open, is in third position with earnings of US$100,037.
Big-hitting Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand made up the top-five positions on the Order of Merit after winning $70,433 from three Asian Tour events.
Asian Tour Order of Merit - Top-10
1. Jbe Kruger (RSA) $394,589.91
2. Marcus Fraser (AUS) $109,380.32
3. Prom Meesawat (THA) $100,037.86
4. Anirban Lahiri (IND) $73,677.28
5. Kiradech Apbhibarnrat (THA) $70,433.14
6. Mardan Mamamt (SIN) $59,532.62
7. Kieran Pratt (AUS) $53,468.85
8. Siddikur (BAN) $43,706.89
9. Chapchai Nirat (THA) $37,785.28
10. Chawalit Plaphol (THA) $37,571.89(IANS)