Anirban Lahiri to play the 146th Open at Royal Birkdale

Anirban Lahiri joined Shiv Kapur as he gained an entry into the field at the 146th Open Championships at Royal Troon

Anirban Lahiri - Getty - Players Championship

Anirban Lahiri will be playing the  146th Open at Royal Birkdale later this month. Scott Piercy has opted not to take up his exemption for The 146th Open and is replaced by Anirban Lahiri from India.

Lahiri, who celebrated his 30th birthday last fortnight has been in form since Memorial where he finished an impressive T2. He returned to the European Tour after a an extended stretch away from it, both practising and putting his mind to test.

He will tee up at the Scottish Open on Thursday in his first appearance on the European Tour since his home event at the Hero Indian Open in March.

“It’s been a long while away from Europe and I love being back. I am looking forward to the Scottish and hopefully the British Open, too. My focus had been on PGA Tour and there things were alright, and I did finish even second at the Memorial. But a win is still my goal there,” Lahiri told PTI.

The Open opportunity is a perfect one for India’s star golfer. The Open is golf’s oldest championship. Played since 1860 on iconic links golf courses, it is the sport’s most international Major Championship with qualifying events on every continent. For one week each year, the pursuit of the famous Claret Jug trophy is the focus of the sporting world, followed globally by millions of fans.

Staged by The R&A, The Open delivers an annual economic benefit of up to £100 million to its host region, while the Championship’s commercial success supports the development of the game, worldwide.

Anirban Lahiri is already in the UK. He will be playing the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. Tweeting about his English breakfast, he seems to be practising and packing in enough to get ready for the cold winds of the region.

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