Anirban Lahiri, one of India’s most prolific golfers, is all geared up to represent his country at the upcoming Magnum Opus of all sporting events, the Olympics.
The PGA Tour regular Lahiri found his fellow professional Chikkarangappa as his caddie for the Olympics, which doubles his excitement and confidence for the tournament.
In 2016, when golf returned to the Olympic Games, Lahiri and S. S. P. Chowrasia represented India. This year, Lahiri will represent India with Udayan Mane.
“Having my dear friend, my little brother Chikkarangappa caddying for me is something that I’m looking forward to. We’ll have three of us there, all we just are students, all motivated with the same goal, which is to bring glory to our country,” Lahiri said during a press conference on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old Chikkarangappa was a caddie before he became a professional golfer.
In the current PGA Tour season, Lahiri has made nine cuts in 18 appearances. He has two top-10 finishes and four times ended in the top-25 category. With earnings of $706,101 this season, Lahiri is currently placed 119 in the FedExCup standings.
Lahiri needs to stay inside top-125 in the FedEx Cup standings to retain his card for the 2022 PGA Tour, but he took a big decision and chose to represent his country over mixed card renewal chances.
“Unlike in many other sports (outside of Olympics), in golf, you can have a top 10, which is considered a good result or you can have a top 25, which is called a decent result, but at the Olympics, a top 25 means nothing and a top 10 could be equally insignificant.”
“I know what an Olympic medal can do for Indian golf. I would not be able to forgive myself if I passed up a chance to try and get one (medal).”
The men's Olympic golf competition will take place at Kasumigaseki Country Club from July 29 to August 2, while the women's competition will commence a week later, from August 4 to 7. It will be a four-round 72-hole affair with no cuts for the starters.Posted on: 2021 Jul 8 Thu