Golfer Anirban Lahiri Becomes First Indian To Qualify For The Coveted Presidents Cup

Over the years, India has produced exceptionally good golfers. Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal, Shiv Kapur and Jyoti Randhawa won numerous laurels across the best tours in the world. But one thing all of them lacked was consistency.

But, with Anirban Lahiri you sense something different.

This Bangalore resident created history when he rose to career high ranking of 38th in the world rankings, which was 248 places above the legendary golfer Tiger Woods, after becoming the first Indian to finish inside the top-five in the prestigious PGA Championship on August.

Now, the 28-year-old ace golfer added another feature to his cap by becoming the first Indian to qualify for the prestigious Presidents Cup.

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What is Presidents Cup?

The Presidents Cup is a series of men’s golf matches between a team representing the United States and an International Team representing the rest of the world minus Europe. There is no prize money awarded at the Presidents Cup. The net proceeds are distributed to charities nominated by the players, captains, and captains’ assistants. Europeans take on the US in the older tournament, Ryder Cup.

This year the International team will take on the holders, the United States in Incheon, South Korea from Oct 8-11.

United States: Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Jimmy Walker, Zach Johnson, Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Matt Kuchar, Chris Kirk.

International: Jason Day (Australia), Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa), Adam Scott (Australia), Hideki Matsuyama (Japan), Branden Grace (South Africa), Marc Leishman (Australia), Anirban Lahiri (India), Charl Schwartzel (South Africa), Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand), Danny Lee (New Zealand).

The Indian golfer, a two-time winner on the European Tour this year said:

“I can’t describe the feeling because growing up, you look up to events like the Ryder Cup and feel terrible about it as you can’t be a part of something like that. But thankfully, we have the Presidents Cup for us to aim for and it is an achievement to make the team. I know Jeev (Milkha Singh) was really close to getting in one year when he was in the world’s top-50 and unfortunately, he couldn’t due to injury. It would have done a lot of good for golf, not just in India but also in the whole of Asia. I’m looking forward to being a part of the International Team. It’ll be a massive boost for golf in the region. You get so many eyeballs and everybody in America will be watching. To be a part of something historic like that is extremely special. All I want to do is make sure that I get a point for the International Team.”


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Undoubtedly, he is one of India’s best golfer till date.

News Source: The Hindu

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