The 59th edition of the US$7 million World Cup of Golf (November 22-25) will feature 28 nations. Each country will be represented by two golfers. Shubhankar Sharma, the highest ranked Indian (108 on OWGR as of September 24), has automatically qualified and partnering him will be Anirban Lahiri (ranked 112).
The four-day event will take place at the scenic Metropolitan Golf Club in South Oakleigh, Australia.
An excited Shubhankar said, “It’s my privilege to represent my country in the forthcoming World Cup of Golf at Melbourne. In Anirban, I will have a great partner and senior to guide us through the grind of the event and hopefully win it for us.”
Anirban, who has previously also taken part in other esteemed team events such as the Presidents Cup, the Olympics, and the EurAsia Cup, echoed his partner, “I’m very excited to be pairing up with Shubhankar. He’s a special talent and a dear friend so obviously, it’s going to be a lot of fun. We both have the capability to bring back the trophy if we can play to our abilities.
Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, conveyed his best wishes, “Shubhankar and Anirban make a formidable World Cup team for India. While Shubhankar has enjoyed great success on the international stage in 2018, Anirban has held his own on the PGA Tour with some top-notch performances this season. We look forward to seeing the Indian team bring out their best as they compete against an elite field. We wish them all the best.”
In 2016 (the tournament was not held in 2017), India was represented Arjuna Awardee S. S. P. Chawrasia and Bengaluru’s Chikkarangappa S. and the pair finished T-22. Denmark’s Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen emerged victorious on that occasion.
(Read more in the October issue of Golf Digest India. Download here.)