Anirban Lahiri finished T5 at the PGA Championship becoming the first Indian to do so at a Major. Asian Tour chairman Kyi Hla Han has heaped praise on Anirban Lahiri’s superb showing at the PGA Championship which concluded on Sunday, saying the Indian star will inspire a new generation of Asian golfers to take on the world.
Lahiri, 28, finished an impressive tied fifth at the year’s final Major at Whistling Straits to sweeten a 2015 campaign which already includes two victories in Malaysia and India and commendable performances at the Masters Tournament and The Open.
“Anirban is one of our exceptional talents who have emerged from the Asian Tour in recent times. We’ve seen his career progress dramatically from his rookie season in 2008 till today and he has done very well. We are happy for his success,” said Han.
“In the past three seasons, Anirban has finished 10th, third and second on our Order of Merit and he is currently the leader this season. It shows his consistency in performing at the highest level in Asia and I’m the least surprised to see how well he has performed in the Majors this season, especially at the just concluded PGA Championship.
“I believe Anirban will achieve more success internationally and he has the right credentials to lift a Major title in the very near future. He has the ability, the right work ethics and self-confidence to achieve this dream.”
After helping India win the team silver medal in the Asian Games in 2006, Lahiri joined the paid ranks in 2007 and eventually established himself in the sub-continent by winning for the first time on the PGTI Tour in 2009.