Anirban Lahiri of India made a name recently by winning his maiden European Tour title to become only the fourth Indian to do so. Arjun Singh Atwal (2002) Jeev Milkha Singh and SSP Chowrasia were the other three seniors to win on Tour. Lahiri turned professional only in 2007 and has to his credit wins of European tour once on 8 February 2015, Asian tour 6 times and 7 other tours. Anirban needs to remain inside the top 50 in the world ranking a week prior to the 2015 April 9-12 tournament for competing at Augusta Masters. He will be only second person after Jeev Milkha Singh to make an appearance there. He clinched the trophy after a five stroke deficit in the final round. He virtually sealed berth in the year’s major tournament-US Masters.
The turnaround in Golf does not come overnight. It takes many years of hard work and preparations. Tiger Wood is the name often we come across whenever we hear, see or read of Professional Golf. Top five Indians in the current official world ranking include Anirban Lahiri (37), Rashid Khan (199), SSP Chowrasia (202), Shiv Kapur(255) and Jyoti Randhwa (305). The other Indians to make name in Global Professional Golf scene are:
Jeev Milkha Singh: Jeev Milkha Singh, son of Milkha Singh the ace Olympic Athlete form Chandigarh is an Indian professional golfer; turned professional in 1993 he became the first player from India to join the European Tour in 1998. He has won four events on the European Tour, becoming the most successful Indian on tour. Jeev Milkha Singh has to his credit a total of 20 professional wins including PGA tour 4 times in 2006 (2) 2008, and 2012, Japan Golf Tour 4 times (2006-2 and 2008-2), Asian tour 6 times and 7 others He was an Asian Tour order of merit in 2006 and 2008. He received his Arjuna Award in 1999 and Padma Shri award in 2007.
Arjun Singh Atwal: Turned professional in 1995 topping the Asian Tour order of merit in 2003. He became the first man to win a million U.S. dollars on the tour by winning the Hero Honda Masters on home soil in the same year. Atwal was the second Indian golfer to earn membership of the European Tour and the first to win on a European Tour event when he notched up a five stroke victory in the 2002 Caltex Singapore. A second European Tour win followed at the Carlsberg Malaysian Open in 2003 and a third one again in 2008. Late in the same year Atwal finished seventh at the PGA Tour’s qualifying in the U.S., earning a PGA Tour card for 2004. In all he has to his credit wins of PGA tour once in 2010, European tour thrice, Web.com Tour once and others twice and Asian tour 8 times.
SSP Chowrasia: Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasiaworked was a caddie for few years. His father worked as the greens keeper at the Royal Calcutta Club in Kolkatta, India where Chowrasia picked up golf at the age of 10. He became a professional golf in 1997 and has a total of 13 wins to his credit. So far he has to his credit wins of European tour twice, Asian tour 3 times and 10 other tours.
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