When everybody is busy talking about India’s loss to SriLanka in the first Test and Saina Nehwal scaling new heights in badminton (despite losing the final to Carlolin Marin, he will be no. 1 when rankings are announced on Thursday), we forget to celebrate the players doing wonders though in sports which not everyone is familiar of.
Anirban Lahiri created history at PGA championship by having finished tied 5th. This is the best finish by an Indian in any major surpassing Jeev Milkha Singh tied 9th in PGA championsip in 2018 and Shiv Kapoor finishing 9th in the British Open 2013. He was tied third during the day. He is in line to play in the biennial president cup for International Team having rest of the world players except Europe against the defending champion USA which is scheduled in October in Incheon, South Korea.
Lahiri played superb two rounds with 7- under 127 and carried on the same momentum during weekends and finished 13- under 275 with 5- under 67 in final round, the best by an Indian in a major in a round. He shot only one bogey in front nine but last hole created problem for him as he bogeyed twice in as many round and made double bogey in first round.
His long game is good, he needs to sharpen his putting skills. Playing with best players in the world in the best course will give him a lot of confidence to do well in future.
He played in all four majors this year and made the cut each time except in the US Open. He surely has put India on a golf map and now we can hope that someday in future we see an Indian holding a claret jug or putting on a green jacket. Even Jason day who won this year’s championship had to wait for long time before. He was there almost all the most but wasn’t able to cross the line.
Hope to see his patience, hard work, perseverance paying off in future.