All Eyes on Anirban Lahiri and Shiv Kapur at the US Open

India’s No 1 golfer Anirban Lahiri gets ready for US Open 2015. 

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Anirban Lahiri waves to the gallery on the 18th hole during the second round of The Masters. (Photo: AP)

Anirban Lahiri, currently ranked as Asia’s No 1, will feature in his fourth successive and fifth Major overall when he tees up at the US Open at Chambers Bay in Washington on Friday.

It is now time to put into action all that I have prepared for. It is now time to do well and a make a mark at this level.
– Anirban Lahiri, Asia’s No 1 Golfer

While doing well at Majors is the big goal for Lahiri, he also nurses the dream of winning the Asian Tour Order of Merit. So far, it has been won by only three Indians - Jyoti Randhawa (2002), Arjun Atwal (2003) and Jeev Milkha Singh (2006 and 2008).

In 2014,  Lahiri finished second on the Order of Merit, behind David Lipsky. This year Lahiri has opened up a lead of over $ 400,000 with wins in Malaysia and India.

While Lahiri has two wins this year in co-sanctioned event, Thongchai Jaidee, has had two runner-up finishes in Thailand and England this season.

Jaidee has two wins on European soil - in Wales (2012) and in Sweden (2014). He has been paired with South Africa’s Brenden Grace and American Brendon Todd.

Lahiri, world No. 45, who won twice in three weeks at the start of the season, is part of a strong Asian challenge, which includes World No 33 Thongchai Jaidee, fellow Indian and close friend, Kapur, Australia’s Cameron Smith, 2014 Asian Tour Rookie of the Year, China’s Liang Wen-chong, Australia’s Marcus Fraser and Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura.

Also, in the field is honorary member Ernie Els. Lahiri will tee up with two-time CIMB Classic winner, Ryan Moore and American Erik Compton, who was second at the US Open last year.

Shiv Kapur, who earned his ticket to the US Open through the sectional qualifiers in England, will open his campaign with Americans Denny McCarthy and DA Points.

(With inputs from PTI)

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