Lahiri into the history books

India’s Anirban Lahiri has more than one reason to be upbeat of the US Open, which starts on Thursday.

Lahiri will become the third Indian after Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal to play in all four Majors after he featured at The Open Championship and the PGA Championship last year and this year’s Masters.

Furthermore, he and Shiv Kapur will mark the fourth time in history that two Indian golfers have featured at the same Major.

Lahiri has enjoyed a highly successful year as he reached a career-high 34th in the official golf rankings after the Hero Indian Open in February. He also had a fairly good showing at the Masters in April, finishing tied 49th.

“The past year was amazing,” he told reporters.

“I got spots on two Majors last year and this year by getting into top 50 I am into all of them. It is a heady feeling.

“Now, I have the task of doing well. I felt I played well at the Masters and I am looking forward to the US Open.”

The 27-year-old expects to be pushed to his limits after surverying the Chambers Bay course, which he described as being one-of-a-kind.

“The course is quite unique,” he said.

“It’s rather hilly and also very long. The undulating greens and small target areas make for a great challenge. The set-up is also somewhat like an Open Championship set-up with the feel of a links-style golf course.”