Relief for Lahiri, get exemption for next season on PGA Tour

NEW DELHI: Trapped in his parents' home in Hyderabad without his Golf clubs, India Anirban Lahiri He heaved a sigh of relief after receiving the good news that his state of play in the elite PGA Tour It has been guaranteed not only for the rest of the year but also for the 2020-21 season.

Without doubt it is a big relief and the PGA Tour has taken the right decision keeping in mind the current conditions ( COVID-19 pandemic), said Lahiri, who has been on the Tour since 2015.

Lahiri, who made his card for the current season through the top 50 of the Korn Ferry Tour in late 2019, has been struggling with his form in the 12 events he had played so far since fall, when the season began in course.

In 12 events, he made five cuts, retired once, and missed the cut seven times. His best result has been T-44 in Puerto Rico and T-45 in Sanderson Farms Championship.

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Lying 209 on the FedexCup ranking when the Arnold Palmer Invitational When it was completed, Lahiri needed a strong finish in the second half.

It makes me feel good that regardless of the next two months, I will definitely have status on the PGA tour. It helps me plan accordingly. So overall, it's a very good policy and I'm excited and happy, he said. .

I think they have done a very good job of creating a system where everyone with exemptions this year will be exempt next year. They're also looking to shuffle among all those exempt players who perform well in this shortened season to gain an advantage next season.

I think it was a very good policy that they came up with. Obviously, there aren't many tournaments on the Korn Ferry Tour to play a Korn Ferry final, because they will hardly play any events. Remember that your season starts only in January, although we have had 11 events even before the calendar year began.

In his own preparation, Lahiri said his goal is to regain his form during the period of forced confinement by coronavirus.

For me, I hope to participate in some events in the rest of the season. I hope that the closing situation in India will allow me to have some practice time and eventually return in time for the season to restart, he said.

The cancellation of numerous events added to the pressure, before the PGA Tour decided to ensure status for all players, exempt in 2019-20, to retain their status for 2020-21, too.

The news came following a meeting between PGA Tour Commissioner, Jay Monahan and members of the Players Advisory Committee via a telephone conference.

It means a lot of relief and peace of mind for many international members of the PGA Tour, who may be outside US in their home countries.

Though, the PGA Tour is slated to re-start in June with Charles Schwab Challenge at the Colonial, many of the international stars, including Lahiri, are unsure of making it back in time because of current suspension of air travel in many countries.

Having lost almost three months - no event has been held since the Arnold Palmer Invitational - the season has just 13 events left in the 2019-20 season.

Up to 10 events have been canceled and 11 events have been juggled with new dates.

The 2020-21 season begins in September with the Safeway Championship in California.

Since no Major has been held so far, three will take place between August and November, but only the PGA Championship, tentatively scheduled for August 9-12 in San Francisco, falls in the current season.

The US Open has been delayed until September and the Masters has been moved to November, so the next 2020-21 season will have six Majors, including two from the US Open, two Masters and one from the PGA and the Open Championship, which was canceled in 2020.

The current 2019-20 season is so far slated to have a single Major: the PGA Championship.