Lahiri to participate in prestigious World Challenge

Lahiri, the Brand Ambassador of the sponsor, will join names like defending champion and World No. 1 Jordon Speith apart from World No. 2 Jason Day for the event that invites the winners of the year’s four Majors and 12 other players, as per World rankings.

"I am truly delighted and honoured to receive an invitation. I want to thank Pawan Munjal and my hero Tiger Woods and the Tiger Woods Foundation for hosting such a fantastic event," Anirban Lahiri said in a statement.   -  Getty Images

As expected, country’s golfing star Anirban Lahiri has gained the special exemption to be part of the elite 18-player field in the $3.5 million Hero World Challenge to be played at Albany, Bahamas next month.

Lahiri, the Brand Ambassador of the sponsor, will join names like defending champion and World No. 1 Jordon Speith apart from World No. 2 Jason Day for the event that invites the winners of the year’s four Majors and 12 other players, as per World rankings. Besides Lahiri, the other player to receive special exemption is America’s World No. 28 Bill Haas.

“I am truly delighted and honoured to receive an invitation. I want to thank Pawan Munjal and my hero Tiger Woods and the Tiger Woods Foundation for hosting such a fantastic event. Hopefully, I’ll put up a strong performance,” said Lahiri in a statement.

Tiger Woods, nursing a recent back surgery, will not be part of the field but expected to be present during the event his Foundation hosts.

The Indian is currently ranked 39th, having won two European Tour titles this year. He has also gained his PGA Tour card for the season 2015-2016. Recently, he became the first Indian to play the President’s Cup.

This year’s field, as per World rankings, is:

Jordan Speith (US, World No. 1), Jason Day (Australia, 2), Rickie Fowler (US, 5), Justin Rose (England, 7), Dustin Johnson (US, 8), Zach Johnson (US, 10), Adam Scott (Australia, 13), Hideki Matusyama (Japan, 14), Matt Kuchar (US, 15), Jimmy Walker (US, 16), Brooks Koepka (US, 17), J. B. Holmes (US, 18), Patrick Reed (19), Paul Casey (England 23), Billy Horschel (US, 26), Chris Kirk (US, 27), Bill Hass (US, 28) and Anirban Lahiri (India, 39).

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