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Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri headlines star-filled lineup at Philippine Open

Manila, May 2 (IANS): Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Anirban Lahiri of India will be among a star-studded cast gunning for glory at the $300,000 ICTSI Philippine Open being played from May 15 to 18.

The in-form Lahiri won his fourth Asian Tour title in Indonesia last week, his first victory outside of India, and he will aim at cementing his position atop the summit with another victory at the challenging Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

He will be joined by EurAsia Cup teammates Prayad Marksaeng of Thailand, an eight-time Asian Tour winner, Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh, Boonchu Ruangkit of Thailand and Nicholas Fung of Malaysia.

The home charge will be led by Angelo Que of the Philippines, who won his National Open in 2008, the talented Miguel Tabuena, Frankie Minoza, Casius Casas and Antonio Lascuna.

Lahiri is enjoying a hot streak after sensationally contributing two points in Team Asia’s draw with Team Europe in the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia in March.

His growing confidence spilled over to the Maybank Malaysian Open where he finished in 10th place, before going on to win the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters when he eagled the last hole.

“It feels great to be top on the Asian Tour Order of Merit right now. One of my goals at the beginning of this year was to contend for the Order of Merit. I am glad I got off to a good start. I just have to keep focusing on playing good golf and keep getting better as the year progresses,” said Lahiri.

Ranked 67th on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), the talented Indian will have a good opportunity to improve on his rankings if he wins or secures a good result at the ICTSI Philippine Open, which returns on the Asian Tour Schedule after a two-year hiatus.

Lahiri will need to finish inside the top-60 on the OWGR by the first week of June to qualify for the US Open which is the season’s second Major at Pinehurst from June 12-15.

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