India’s Lahiri drops to 51st in golf rankings

Paris, July 6 (IANS) Following his tied 30th finish in the just-concluded Open de France here, India’s Anirban Lahiri on Monday dropped four places to 51st in the latest World Golf Rankings.

Current Asian Tour leader Lahiri, 28, was 47th after the US Open that concluded on June 21. Lahiri competed at the Open de France and finished tied 30th with a four-day total of three-over 287 at the Le Golf National.

This is the first time since February 9, Lahiri’s ranking has moved beyond 50. In this year, he has won two tournaments — Malaysia Open and India Open — co-sanctioned by Asian and European Tours.

Bengaluru-based Lahiri, who has played this year’s Augusta Masters and US Open, will wrap up his preparation for the The Open starting on July 16 as he tees off at this week’s Scottish Open.

Among other Indians, seasoned Shiv Kapur also dropped nine places to be 366th as he missed the cut in Paris, while veteran Jeev Milkha Singh also dropped five places to be 935th after the event in France where he missed the halfway cut.

Another experienced golfer S.S.P. Chawrasia is 185th in the rankings topped by Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy. This year’s Masters and US Open champion Jordan Smith of US is second.

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