Anirban Lahiri was as excited as a child about his sojourn to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics. Unlike some of the top stars in golf, who voiced mixed views about the XXXI Olympiad, Anirban was unequivocal about the opportunity to play for India. What he did not tell us was that he picked up a shoulder injury during the Open in Scotland at the end of July. After an admittedly disappointing outing in Rio, Anirban has been forced to take four weeks off to nurse his injury.
The top ranked Indian golfer will now miss the lucrative FedexCup Playoffs in his first full season on the PGA TOUR. The good news though is that Anirban has secured his card for the next season and will be eligible to play a full season soon as he recovers.
Sportspersons make an enormous effort on and off the course to ensure their preparedness for the TOUR, week after week. It must have been a painful experience for Anirban to play through the injury in Rio, but to his credit, he was not willing to forego an opportunity to represent India.
Considering the big payoffs that await the players in the FedexCup series, Anirban clearly decided that wearing national colours was far more valuable than the millions on offer during the series that lay ahead.
We do not have the details of his injury yet, but given the nature of the terrain at the Open in Muirfield, it is likely caused by overuse or a traumatic incident during the tournament. We have sought specific information about the injury from his managers.
The shoulder is a commonly affected part of the body for golfers and several of them suffer of abrasion during the course of play. The heavy use of the rotator cuff could also be a source of this injury. The muscle, tendons and joint at the shoulder is one of the most prominently used body element in golf.
It is understood that Anirban should recover fully in the next few weeks and ready to be back on the course by October.