Coveted Cup spot looks likely for in-form Lahiri

Sat Aug 15, 2015 2:47pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

KOHLER, Wisconsin (Reuters) - A strong showing by Anirban Lahiri at the PGA Championship has put the Indian golfer in a prime position to achieve one of his biggest goals for this year -- a spot on the International team at the Presidents Cup.

An opening two-under 70 at Whistling Straits followed by a six-birdie 67 to conclude the storm-delayed second round on Saturday also strengthened Lahiri's burgeoning belief that he is good enough to compete with the game's very best.

"Playing at the Presidents Cup would mean the world to me," Lahiri, 28, told Reuters after rocketing up the PGA Championship leaderboard into a tie for fourth at seven-under 137, four strokes off the lead.

"Growing up you watch events like the Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup, and last year I was fortunate enough to be a part of the inaugural EurAsia Cup, and part of a team that came from a whitewash on day one to level it at 10-10 against Europe.

"It's feeling that does not compare. I've won several times now in Asia and Europe and it's a different kind of thrill when you don't play for yourself."

As things stand, Lahiri would be an automatic selection for the Internationals team to take on holders the United States in Incheon, South Korea from Oct 8-11.

The leading 10 players in the points standings on Sept. 7 will qualify for the Presidents Cup, and captain Nick Price will then add his two wildcard picks the following day.


Aug 15, 2015; Sheboygan, WI, USA; Anirban Lahiri putts on the 9th green during the continuation of the second round of the 2015 PGA Championship golf tournament at Whistling Straits.  Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports