Anirban Lahiri Is The First Indian in ‘Rebel’ LIV Golf Tour

The professional golf tour features World No.2 Cameron Smith

Anirban Lahiri has become the first Indian to join the LIV Golf Tour. An experienced Indian golfer, Lahiri, made his debut on the rebel tour in Boston. The 35-year-old is also the first Asian to sign up with LIV Golf. 

The latest list of joiners on the LIV Tour includes The Open champion Cameron Smith of Australia, Chile’s Joaquin Niemann, and Americans Harold Garner and Cameron Tringale. 48 golfers are taking part in the event. However, the PGA tour may bar them from playing its events as a preventive action. 

A golfing star, Lahiri broke into the top 100 in the Official World Golf Ranking in March 2014. This was following an impressive season, that included two victories on the Asian Tour. The Bengal-born golfer has played on the Asian Tour, European Tour, and PGA Tour. He has won 11 events and the order of merit in 2009 in the Professional Golf Tour of India.

Why Anirban Lahiri is joining LIV?

Lahiri was a former Asian Tour No.1. He has been playing on the PGA Tour since 2015-16. The exact details of the contract agreement are not yet public. However, LIV had signed up for Lahiri to keep an eye on the growing Asian market. LIV is backing the Asian Tour.

The major highlight of the event is World No.2, Cameron Smith. Some big names part of the series include Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood, and Ian Poulter. Others include South African Branden Grace, who won the Liv Golf Invitational in Portland, Charl Schwartzel, also a winner on LIV Golf, Louis Oosthuizen, and Mexico’s Abraham Ancer and Carlos Ortiz.

LIV Golf Series has been putting up a record $25 million purse with a 54-hole format and no cut. The purse includes $5 million set aside for a team event within the format.

 

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