Piercy’s last minute withdrawal came as a blessing for India’s numero uno professional golfer Anirban Lahiri as he successfully reserves a place at the 146th British Open at Royal Birkdale, world’s oldest Major Golf Championship, happening next week in England.
30-year-old Lahiri, the first player on the reserve list of the British Open, replaced Scott Piercy, as the American opted to not take his exemption for the next week’s championship.
Having missed The Masters and the US Open earlier this year, this seems as the perfect golden opportunity for the ace golfer as he will be teeing up for the first time in 2017. Marking his fourth consecutive and fifth overall appearance at the British Open (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and now, 2017), Lahiri has made it thrice with Tied 30 in 2015, being his best result at St. Andrews. Joining the fray is in-form Shiv Kapur who qualified a week ago at a 36-hole qualifier held at Woburn.
Lahiri’s last start was at the Travelers Championship where he finished Tied 17th. And, with uncertainty looming over his qualification for the British Open, Lahiri made the trip to this week’s Scottish Open to have a final shot at qualifying for the third Major of the year.
However, Lahiri was included in the field officially when Piercy withdrew himself from the British Open, two days before the first round at the Scottish Open.
Bengaluru’s Anirban Lahiri has played 11 Majors till date and made money in five. Lahiri’s best in a Major is Tied 5th at the 2015 PGA Championship. It is also the best finish by an Indian golfer in a Major, beating Jeev Milkha Singh’s (14 Majors, eight Cuts) Tied 9th at the 2008 PGA Championship.