Anirban Lahiri achieved India’s best ever result at the major Championship by finishing tied 5th at the PGA championship on Sunday leaving no doubt he belonged at golf’s top table with the games current crops of rising stars.
The 28-year-old closed with an assured round of four under par and a 13 under par, seven shots behind the winner Jason Day who held double major winner Jordan Speith.
Lahiri said: “The week has been fantastic after jumping the previous major Indian record of Jeev Milkha Singh at the 2008 PGA championship. It gives me a lot of confidence that I can compete on the best courses with best players in the world.” He also said that he needs a little more time and maybe he will back here more often.
Lahiri who finished 30th at the British Open and made the cut for the Masters for the first time has enjoyed a successful past 18 months.
He has won four times on Asian tour with two of those coming in crucial tournaments. His world ranking from 195th to 38th with a spot on the International team for the Presidents Cup in October all but assured.
He said that he is eyeing improvement and said that he felt comfortable with the way he was playing and whatever he was doing. This is a massive news for Indian golf as it will act as a springboard for others to shine on the World stage.