Aug 16th, 2015
WHO THE HELL IS ANIRBAN LAHIRI?
A new man on the block
Words: The Brigadier Photography: Getty Images
Anirban Lahiri has been in the mix all week, but we think he has been slightly ignored with all the other drama going on around him, which doesn’t seem quite fair given his achievements this week.
Lahiri is an Indian out of Bangalore, which is Tech Central for the country. He joined the Asian Tour in 2008, and had his first win at Panasonic Open in 2011. Two victories on the Asian Tour saw him break into the Official World Golf Rankings for the first time in 2014.
This week he shot an opening -2 under 70, and followed that with a 67 and then another 70.
Teeing off at Whistling Straits on Thursday, he became only the second Indian after Jeev Milkha Singh to play all four majors in a calendar year.
He qualified for his first major at the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham St Annes, and made the cut shooting 68, 72. He also managed a hole in one at the par 3 9th in the third round, and went on to tie 31. Not bad for a maiden major voyage.
His first win on the European Tour was at the Maybank Malaysian Open, where he beat Austrian Bernd Wiesberger by a single stroke. His win was helped by a shooting an impressive -10 under 62 on the third day. You cannot argue with that!
Lahiri won his second event on the European Tour in his home country at the Hero Indian Open, where he came from seven shots behind to get into a play off, which he won on the first extra hole.
This enabled him to qualify for the 2015 Masters, and become only the third ever Indian to play in the tournament, after Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal. And he made the cut! He ended tied for 49th with Jason Dufner.
Anirban Lahiri we salute you. And we will be keeping a close eye on your progress.