Anirban Lahiri

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Anirban Lahiri
— Golfer —
Personal information
Born (1987-06-29) 29 June 1987 (age 27)
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality  India
Residence Bangalore, India
Spouse Ipsa Jamwal Lahiri
Career
Turned professional 2007
Current tour(s) Asian Tour
European Tour
Former tour(s) Professional Golf Tour of India
Professional wins 18
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 2
Asian Tour 7
Other 7
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T49: 2015
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T31: 2012
PGA Championship CUT: 2014
Achievements and awards
Professional Golf Tour of India
Order of Merit winner
2009

Anirban Lahiri (born 29 June 1987) is an Indian professional golfer who currently plays on the European Tour.

Early life[edit]

Lahiri learned to play golf at the age of eight from his father, Dr. Tushar Lahiri, a physician with the armed forces who was also a recreational golfer. "I would just go out there and I would go pick up golf balls for him, and we would go chip, putt for 15 minutes because it was getting dark," Lahiri remembers. “That’s how it all started.”[1]

Professional career[edit]

Lahiri joined the Asian Tour in 2008. He picked up his first victory in 2011 at the Panasonic Open and his second victory in 2012 at the SAIL-SBI Open. His best finish on the Order of Merit came in 2014 with his maiden overseas win on the Asian Tour - CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters which he later followed up with another one at the Venetian Macau Open . He finished 3rd on the Order of Merit in 2013.

Lahiri broke into the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in March 2014 following a consistent season which included two victories on the Asian Tour.

Lahiri has also had a lot of success on the Professional Golf Tour of India, where he has won eleven events and the Order of Merit in 2009.

The big break came for him when qualified for his maiden major tournament – the 2012 Open Championship at the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire. He made it a most memorable outing, first by making the cut (68-72) and then with a hole-in-one at the par-3 9th hole in the third round en route to a T31 finish.

In February 2015, Lahiri claimed his first official win on the European Tour at the Maybank Malaysian Open, with a one stroke victory over Bernd Wiesberger. He shot a 10-under-par round of 62 during the third round to position himself going into the final day and came from four shots behind to prevail by one shot. Later the same month, Lahiri won his second event on the European Tour in his home country of India, at the Hero Indian Open. He came from seven strokes behind in the final round to force a playoff with Shiv Chowrasia, which he won with a birdie on the first extra hole. The two wins shot Lahiri into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking qualifying him for the 2015 Masters Tournament. He was labelled as a "rookie to watch" and the "new face of Indian golf." He is the third Indian national to play in the Masters,[2] after Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal.[3] He made the cut at his first appearance and ended the tournament with scores of 71-75-74-72 on his four rounds, leaving him tied for 49th with Jason Dufner.[4]

Personal[edit]

Lahiri is a resident of Bangalore, India. He describes his parents as Bengali, and he speaks Bengali but also speaks Punjabi in addition to English. "I'm really proud of the fact that I'm a more national Indian, so to speak—I’m equally comfortable with different languages, cultures, foods. I think that's one of the aspects of being an army kid. It is one thing that is common among almost every army brat. It’s almost like we are a culture of our own."[5] In May 2014, he married his long-time partner, Ipsa Jamwal. His personal interests include listening to music and computer gaming.[6]

Professional wins (18)[edit]

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 8 Feb 2015 Maybank Malaysian Open1 −16 (70-72-62-68=272) 1 stroke Austria Bernd Wiesberger
2 22 Feb 2015 Hero Indian Open1 −7 (73-65-70-69=277) Playoff India Shiv Chowrasia

1Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour

European Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2015 Hero Indian Open India Shiv Chowrasia Won with birdie on first extra hole

Asian Tour wins (7)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 9 Apr 2011 Panasonic Open −13 (65-71-68-71=275) Playoff India Manav Jaini, Singapore Mardan Mamat
2 25 Feb 2012 SAIL-SBI Open −14 (72-64-68-70=274) Playoff Thailand Prom Meesawat
3 9 Mar 2013 SAIL-SBI Open (2) −15 (71-68-66-68=273) Playoff India Rashid Khan
4 27 Apr 2014 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters −17 (70-69-64-68=271) 1 stroke South Korea Baek Seuk-hyun
5 26 Oct 2014 Venetian Macau Open −17 (61-73-67-66=267) 1 stroke Thailand Prom Meesawat, Australia Scott Hend
6 8 Feb 2015 Maybank Malaysian Open1 −16 (70-72-62-68=272) 1 stroke Austria Bernd Wiesberger
7 22 Feb 2015 Hero Indian Open1 −7 (73-65-70-69=277) Playoff India Shiv Chowrasia

1Co-sanctioned with the European Tour

Professional Golf Tour of India wins (11)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 27 Sep 2009 Haryana Open −10 (69-69-71-69=278) 1 stroke India Chinnaswamy Muniyappa
2 8 Nov 2009 BILT Open −20 (66-65-66-71= 268) 7 strokes India Naman Dawar
3 14 May 2010 PGTI Players Championship −24 (65-65-67-67=264) 6 strokes India Shamim Khan
4 2 July 2010 Aircel PGTI Players Championship −21 (65-68-67-67=267) 6 strokes India Himmat Singh Rai
5 30 Oct 2010 BILT Open −11 (68-68-71-70=277) 4 strokes India Amardip Singh Malik
6 11 Feb 2011 Aircel PGTI Players Championship (Tollygunge) −18 (68-65-65-64=270) 8 strokes India Rashid Khan, India Jyoti Randhawa
7 2 Apr 2011 Aircel PGTI Players Championship (Panchkula) −14 (72-65-70-67=274) 2 strokes India Mukesh Kumar
8 28 Jun 2013 PGTI Players Championship −10 (71-67-68-72=278) Playoff India Shamim Khan
9 5 Jul 2013 PGTI Eagleburg Open −20 (73-62-64-69=268) 5 strokes India Chikkarangappa S
10 29 Dec 2013 McLeod Russel Tour Championship −17 (66-71-65-69=271) 4 strokes India Rahil Gangjee
11 1 Feb 2014 PGTI Ahmedabad Masters −14 (64-70-71-69=274) 6 strokes India Rahil Gangjee

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Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP T49
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T31 DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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