October 5, 2022



Why Anirban Lahiri’s almost Cinderella story at Players Championship is good news for Indian golf

Hitting the fairway history is loaded with players one would for the most part order as apprentices having their day in the sun on one of the game’s most noteworthy stages.
Anirban Lahiri has been playing on the PGA Tour, the most renowned circuit in the game, for quite a while however had nearly turned into the neglected man of Indian golf. Shubhankar Sharma won two European Tour occasions on the skip a couple of years prior and drove a World Golf Championship (WGC) competition going into the last round to turn into the new numero uno, while Lahiri appeared to be bound to jarring with the cut line consistently while battling to keep his Tour card each season.

In any case, on Monday, during the postponed finish of the Players Championship at acclaimed TPC Sawgrass, the Indian nearly prearranged a Cinderella story. Also, however he completed short by a shot, Lahiri gave adequate sign that he could be back in the major association after years in the wild.
His past assertions about the thing his game was missing at a specific time, what he was really going after, and the specialized adjustments he was making were generally bullish in nature yet taken with a touch of salt.In that unique situation, what Lahiri accomplished during the drawn out week at the Players Championship – regularly alluded to as the ‘fifth Major’ – came as a surprise out of nowhere. The downpour and continuous climate interferences, which brought about him going very nearly two days without hitting a ball, were different difficulties of the apparently perpetual competition. Add to it, the cold and wet climate and surprisingly low temperatures constrained the 34-year-old from Bengaluru to put on four or five layers of attire while on the Pete Dye-planned layout.Lahiri was around the highest point of the leaderboard from the beginning of the competition and going by previous experience, one would have anticipated that he should disappear as the days went by. All things considered, the Indian had frequently ended up in comparable circumstances toward the beginning, just to waver as the business end drew closer. There’s an explanation he had not won on the PGA Tour, with his past best wrap up being a tied for second spot at the 2017 Memorial Tournament.
However, this week was different as he hung in through the difficult stretches and on the off chance that he didn’t wind up with the prize, it was more because of the splendor of inevitable victor Cameron Smith than any slightness on the Indian’s part.

Furthermore, Lahiri had not picked a terrible stage to turn the corner. The PGA Tour’s leader occasion had a complete award cash of $20 million (an increment of $5 million from last year, easily the greatest individual occasion tote in golf history. It’s almost twofold that of any of the Majors, with the victor getting more extravagant by $3.6 million and getting a reliable three-year exclusion out from the shadows Championship, Masters and US Open). The monetary bonus of $2.18 million made it a monstrously remunerating week for the Indian. With a runner up finish, the child of an Army specialist might have flagged the second coming in his hitting the fairway profession.

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