Top Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri made a memorable debut on the LIV Golf Tour by finishing second after a three-way play-off in the Boston Invitational here.
Lahiri made a big dash in the closing stages and went into the play-off alongside eventual winner Dustin Johnson and Joaquin Niemann.
Anirban Lahiri was a proverbial whisker away from winning the #LIVGolfBoston, before agonisingly missing out and losing to former world number one @DJohnsonPGA in a playoff.@anirbangolf @LIVGolfInv #LIVGolf
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It was also one of the biggest paydays for Lahiri who won USD 1,182,400 and an additional USD 375,000 as his share from the second place in the team event.
Johnson earned USD 4 million for the individual win and an additional USD 750,000 for his quarter share of the USD 3 million team prize.
The play-off was the first in either the individual or team competition in this inaugural season.
The total team prize money for each event is USD 5 million, with the winning team dividing USD 3 million, second place dividing USD 1.5 million and third place dividing USD 500,000.
Lahiri, playing for Crushers GC, shot a 6-under 64. Lahiri had a chance to reach 16 under with a brilliant second shot into the par-5 18th hole, but his eagle putt lipped out.
“I knew I had to come in hot, both in terms of trying to contend and also for the team,” Lahiri said. “It was really nice to just buckle down on that back nine and play some golf. Really proud of the shots I hit. A little unlucky but sometimes it goes that way.”
Lahiri, a professional golfer, has played on the Asian Tour, European Tour, PGA Tour and LIV Golf. In 2015, he became the first player from India to be named to the 2015 Presidents Cup squad. He has won eleven events on the Professional Golf Tour of India, and also won the Order of Merit in 2009.
@anirbangolf Congratulations on you near dream debut as you put it.
These are the performance which inspire the current as well as new generation of golfers back in India 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳.@LIVGolfInv @LIVGolfUpdates @LIVGolfLatest #LIVGolf @asiantourgolf
— Haresh Patel (@HareshPatel369) September 5, 2022