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Anirban Lahiri: In the Olympics, you only play to get to the podium

Anirban Lahiri opted for the Olympics rather than looking for points to stay inside the FedExCup’s top 125 standing on the PGA Tour and retaining his full rights to play for next season.

Lahiri revealed this while addressing a virtual press conference on the eve of the John Deere Classic’s $6.20 million bid on Wednesday. “It was a hard and easy decision too. I know it sounds contradictory but it is the truth. When I saw my name in between the playoffs I was excited. But a decision had to be made. I sat down and asked, ‘Why am I playing the game?’ I saw that among the My priority is to play for a medal in the Olympics. I could not give up this opportunity.”

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In 2016, when golf returned to the Olympics, Lahiri and SSP Chowrasia represented India. This year, Lahri will be with Adyan Mane.

In the current PGA Tour season, Lahiri has made nine “cuts” from 18 games. He has two Top 10 finishes and four times in the Top 25 category. With earnings of $70,6101 this season, Lahiri is currently ranked 119th in the FedExCup Ranking.

Asked about the difference between playing in the Olympics and professional events, Lahiri said, “In the Olympics, you have a smaller court without any ‘cuts.’ You usually play on a course that you don’t know. In the round, if you finish fourth that’s a very good result and you derive from that. Confidence next week to finish in 25th place is a good result. In the Olympics, being fourth doesn’t mean anything. In short, it’s all or nothing. You just play to get to the podium.”

Lahiri, who returned on the PGA Tour in early May after a game from Covid, revealed that Bengaluru-based golfer S. Chikkarangappa will be carrying him in Tokyo. “Chica is a very good friend and knows what I do when I play well,” said Lahiri.

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