October 05, 2015: Strike that off your list Anirban Lahiri. The young Indian has been chasing dreams all season and he took an important thing off his wish list, when a PGA TOUR card was confirmed on Sunday. Lahiri earned his card in the Non-members 126-200 category by virtue of earning 16th place on the Web.com Tour Finals money list.
The 28 year old Indian will now be able to play the full schedule on the PGA TOUR in 2016. Anirban was allowed to play a maximum of 12 events in 2015 on the basis of his ranking. He surged into the top 50 of the world earlier this year when he won the Malaysian and Indian Open tournaments in quick succession.
Anirban has proved he can mix it with the top players in the world with some sensational performances in the USA this season. The most impressive performance though came at the season’t final major when he stood his ground for a brilliant T5 finish at the PGA Championship.
The world No.40 is in Korea this week, playing alongside Jordan Spieth and Jason Day on the international team captained by Nick Price. Anirban has been vocal about his desire to play the Presidents Cup and this week will see him fulfill that dream.
Having missed out narrowly at the PGA Championship, Anirban had to return to the USA for the Web.com Tour Finals in a bid to secure his card for 2016. Even though a bogey on the final hole at Whistling Straits scuppered the Indian, he was quick to recover and do just enough to lock his card.
Anirban played just two of the four events in the WCT Finals series to earn $49,750 before heading to Korea for the Presidents Cup. He has two victories on the European Tour and seven on the Asian Tour.
Lahiri is set for a busy schedule across three continents with the PGA TOUR card under his belt. After the Presidents Cup, the golfer from Bengaluru will travel to Malaysia for the CIMB Classic. He could seal the Asian Tour Order of Merit with a good performance in Kaula Lumpur.
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