Tokyo Olympics: profile of Indian golfers, ranking, opponents, form guide
Age – 34
Ranking – 360
Form guide (in 2021 season): Played in 19 events, finished in the top 10 twice, was in the top 25 four times and made nine ‘cuts’.
Lahiri returns for his second straight Olympics. In Rio, he finished a forgettable 56 out of 59 finishers. Therefore, he’s obviously keen to do much better this time around.
His overall show this season on the PGA Tour has not been exceptional. After contracting Covid-19, he was kept out of action until the first week of May, which may explain his struggle with form. Considering he’s 119 in the FedExCup standings (the top 125 retain playing rights for next season), Lahiri is understandably keen to play as many events on the Tour.
Since there is no “cut” in the small playing field, Lahiri has scheduled his return from Tokyo on the PGA Tour for the following week.
Prior to making the Tokyo 60-qualifier list, Lahiri was fully focused on retaining his PGA Tour “card”. Although it’s always on his mind, Lahiri said he would do anything to bring home a medal from the Olympics.
Considering Lahiri hasn’t played on the Japanese circuit and knows very little about the course, it’s not fair to expect him to pull off a surprise. Being 59th out of 60 qualifiers, Lahiri has no expectations.
Age – 30
Ranking – 365
Form Guide: Udayan has played in all three PGTI National Tour events and won the last event in New Delhi. The previous year he played in all seven events and won twice.
Additionally, Udayan’s second place finish at the Bengal Open and third place finish at the TATA Steel PGTI Players Championship in Panchkula helped him rack up plenty of Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points to earn qualification. Olympic.
Expectations will be low for Udayan Mane, who must always be a regular on overseas tours. Photo: Sudhakara Jain – Sudhakara Jain
Udayan is ranked last – one ahead of teammate Anirban Lahiri – in the list of 60 qualifiers for Tokyo.
Since the Asian Tour has yet to restart since early 2020, and Udayan does not play regularly on any other tour, he owes his spot in the Olympics to the OWGR system’s 2019 decision to include points earned from the PGTI in the world ranking.
A professional since 2015, Udayan recorded two wins in 2019 and three more in the truncated 2020-21 season on the PGTI Tour.
Given that Udayan has yet to become a regular on overseas tours, it would be unfair to expect him to create waves in Tokyo.
Age – 23
Ranking – 179
Form guide: In 2021, Aditi Ashok has played in nine LPGA events and missed the “cut” twice. His best result was tied for 23rd in the LPGA Drive On Championship. In fact, Aditi’s impressive performances in 2020 on the Ladies European Tour (LET) paved the way for the LPGA this year.
She finished tied for fourth in the Women’s NSW and tied for sixth in the Dubai Moonlight Classic for her two best finishes on the LET.
Indian golfer Aditi Ashok’s best finish this year was tied for 23rd in the LPGA Drive On Championship. Photo: Getty Images -Getty Pictures
This will be Aditi’s second consecutive participation in the Olympic Games. In Rio, she shot successive rounds of 68 to find herself tied for eighth after two rounds. However, rounds of 79 and 76 saw her slip to 41st among 59 finishers.
This year, Aditi placed 45th out of 60 qualifiers. Looking at his current form, it’s clear that Aditi will need to punch well above his weight to be in contention in Tokyo.