New Delhi: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri's incredible victory at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters catapulted him from 102 to a career-high of 67 in the Official World Golf Rankings today.
Lahiri, who is now also the Asian Tour no. 1, had achieved his previous best ranking of 99, in March this year.
The highest ranked Indian in the world at the moment, Lahiri has also become the second-highest ranked Asian player after Thongchai Jaidee who is at 49.
Besides Jeev Milkha Singh, no other Indian golfer has been ranked higher than 67. Jeev had achieved his career-best ranking of 29 back in 2009.
Among the other two Indians who had previously broken into the top-100, Jyoti Randhawa went as high as 70 while Gaganjeet Bhullar reached a career-high of 85.
At present, Shiv Kapur at 154 is next best ranked Indian in the world followed by Gaganjeet Bhullar at 173.
Lahiri's fourth win on Asian Tour and the first outside India, brings him closer to his personal goal of top-50 in World Rankings, which would then get him a berth in Majors.
Currently, if he manages to get inside top-60 or ties on May 26 or June 9, 2014, Lahiri will get a berth into the US Open at the Village of Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Lahiri could also get a last-minute berth into the British Open, if he manages to squeeze inside top-50 by May 21, 2014, which means he has the Championship in Singapore, which is co-sanctioned with Europe, and the Philippines Open over the next four weeks.
Further the PGA Championships, the fourth and last Major each year, usually invites all top-100 players, not otherwise qualified, on the World Ranking list. For that he needs to stay in the top-100 till the week before the PGA, which will be held from August 4.
Lahiri's sole Major appearance was at the 2012 British Open Royal in 2012, when he made the cut and also landed a hole-in-one on the third day and finished in a tie for 31st place.
Adding to Asia's growing reputation in world golf was the performance of Korea's 22-year-old Noh Seung-yul in the United States on Sunday.