"Thongchai, Lahiri primed for Presidents Cup"

Wed 04 Mar 2015

"Thongchai, Lahiri primed for Presidents Cup"

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March 4: Thai legend Thongchai Jaidee and Indian star Anirban Lahiri are primed to qualify for the International Team to face the United States at the Presidents Cup in Korea later this year.
Lahiri, who has won four times on the Asian Tour over the past 10 months, has risen to fifth place on the latest International Team ranking which is based from the Official World Golf Ranking.
Thongchai, a three-time Asian Tour number one, is ranked sixth and both Asian Tour stars could well represent the region along with Japanese ace Hideki Matsuyama who is currently ranked third on the list.
Other top-10 International players include Adam Scott, Jason Day, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Marc Leishman and Tim Clark.
Thongchai and Lahiri played major roles in Asia’s stunning fightback to earn a thrilling draw with Europe at the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia last year.
Thongchai, who was Team Asia’s Captain, contributed 1.5 points, which included a singles victory over Graeme McDowell, while Lahiri delivered 2 points for the team including a singles win over Victor Dubuisson.
"Making the Presidents Cup is something that I'm hoping would happen," Lahiri told the Times of India.
"Having played the EurAsia Cup last year was a phenomenal experience. You are going to have people like Adam Scott, Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama on the Presidents Cup team and to be a part of that group of people and to call them teammates would be really something.”
If they qualify for the International Team, Lahiri and Thongchai will be the first Indian and Thai respectively to play in the biennial team competition.
The cut-off for qualifying is September 8. The Presidents Cup will be played at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon from October 8-11.