Lahiri joins elite company

Wed 12 Mar 2014

Lahiri joins elite company

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March 12: India’s Anirban Lahiri continued his swift ascent to the top when he moved inside the top-100 on the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) for the first time since turning professional in 2007.
The three-time Asian Tour winner, who will feature for Team Asia at the inaugural EurAsia Cup presented by DRB-HICOM in a fortnight’s time, is placed 99th in the world, a feat not achieved by any other Indian golfer since May last year.
The 26-year-old enjoyed a stellar season on the Asian Tour in 2013 when he celebrated his third Tour victory on home soil followed by three runner-up finishes and five other top-10s to cap the year with a career high of third place on the 2013 Asian Tour Order of Merit.
In a recent interview with the Indian media, Lahiri said, "I am excited to be there now. I am very happy that my consistency is showing and to get rated on a global scale is highly motivating."
Lahiri has started the new 2014 season strongly by finishing tied-eighth at the season-opening SAIL-SBI Open earlier this month.
While he missed out on a place to The Open Championship at the Open Qualifying Series-Thailand last week, Lahiri has vowed to battle on as he still harbours hopes of making his return to the world’s oldest Major in July.
"It was a bit disappointing not to do well at the Asian qualifiers. But I still have an outside chance if I enter top-60 before the end of May. For that I will have to get at least two top-5 finishes," said Lahiri.
Other Asian Tour members inside the world’s top-100 include Thailand’s EurAsia Cup playing captain, Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and reigning Order of Merit champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat. Asian Tour honorary members Ernie Els and K.J. Choi are in 33rd and 89th place respectively.
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