• Wednesday, June 12, 2024

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Indian golfer Lahiri pulls out of tournament to prep for hurricane

Anirban Lahiri

By: Sarwar Alam

India’s Anirban Lahiri has withdrawn from this week’s Korn Ferry Tour Championship to help his family based in Florida prepare for Hurrican Dorian.

The 32-year-old former Asian number one had already secured his US PGA Tour playing card with a “satisfying” top-five finish at the Boise Open on the developmental Korn Ferry Tour — formerly known as the Web.com Tour.

On the eve of the KFT finale he tweeted that he would head to Florida, where residents are bracing for Dorian, which had strengthened to a Category 3 storm on Friday, to make landfall early next week.

“Unfortunately had to withdraw from @tourchampulf to head back to Florida and evacuate the family,” wrote Lahiri, who lives in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. “Cat-4 #HurricaneDorian2019 estimated to make landfall in 72hrs. See you all @PGATOUR in a couple of weeks. #familyfirst”

Lahiri has made 106 career starts on the PGA Tour, including 23 this season. But he finished 174th on the FedExCup points list and had to play in the KFT Finals to regain his status.

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