With the golf sport being included in the 2016 Rio Olympics, the sport is growing with durability across various parts of the country. The Indian golfers are coming in the limelight by showing their heartwarming performance’s.
Let’s take a look at 5 Indian golfers who are making our nation proud by their achievements:
1. Anirban Lahiri
Lahiri is a professional golfer from India who at present plays on the PGA Tour, Asian Tour, and European Tour. He took a big leap of success when qualified for his maiden major tournament – the 2012 Open Championship at the Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club in Lancashire.
In February 2015, Lahiri grabbed his first official win on the European Tour at the Maybank Malaysian Open, with a one-stroke victory over Bernd Wiesberger. At the PGA Championship in August 2015 which was held at Whistling Straits, Lahiri finished in a tie for fifth place in the tournament and set a new record for the highest finish by an Indian professional golfer in a major. Lahiri got into the 2015 Presidents Cup squad, the first player from India to earn the honor. Consequently, he had qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics and earned a spot in the field of 60 players to compete at the Olympic Golf Course in Rio de Janeiro.
2. Jyoti Randhawa
Jyoti, the professional golfer was born in the year 1972. He participates on the Asian and European Tour. In the year 2002, he concluded and made it to the top of the Asian Tour money list. He tied second and was his best finish on the European Tour in the 2004 Johnnie Walker Classic.
In the year 1986, he became obsessed by this sport after winning the national sub-junior title. He won the Hero Honda Masters championship in the year 1988 and 1999. He is the first Indian to win the order of Merit title in Asia in the year 2002. His book of records also reveals that he is the second Indian to rank amongst the top 100 in the world golf rankings.
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3. Aditi Ashok
Aditi won the Lalla Aicha Tour School and secured her Ladies European Tour card for the 2016 season, and hence she became the youngest and first Indian to do so. After this win, she became the youngest winner of a Q school for an International tour.
She played the Asian Youth Games (2013), Youth Olympic Games (2014), Asian Games (2014) and Olympic Games (2016) and Aditi is the first and the only Indian golfer to play in these events. Aditi won the 2016 Hero Women’s Indian Open and became the first Indian to win a Ladies European Tour title. In 2016 she won the Rookie of the Year award.
4. Jeev Milkha Singh
He is known as one of the greatest golfers in India who has proved India in terms of sports in every step. The golf player is the son of Milkha Singh, who is a famous Indian Olympic athlete. Has received a number of achievements as a golfer and has proved Indian sports nationwide. Jeev was the first Indian golfer to become a member of the European tour.
He ranked 12 in the 2008 European Tour Tournament. Furthermore, he is also the first Indian to make to the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking in October 2006. He has been awarded Padma Shri in 2007, by The Government of India.
5. Sharmila Nicollet
Nicollet has played for India in the Asian Games at Doha 2006 and in Asia Pacific Junior Golf Tournament. She even played at the Callaway Junior World Golf Championships in San Diego, the Queen Sirikit Cup at Japan, the Malaysian Open and other international tournaments.
Nicollet was the youngest female golfer to win the All-India Ladies Amateur Championship in 2007–2008. Along with seven Open Amateur Tournaments.
She was qualified with a full tour card for the Ladies European Tour in 2012, being the youngest Indian golfer to qualify.