The Greatest Indian Golfers of all time

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Golf is not as much popular as cricket in India. But who plays the golf understands its perk. Termed to be the richest men sport, but golf has indeed a lot more to be offering apart from the labeled tag. 

From Jeev Milkha Singh to Shubhankar Sharma, the top players have plenty of achievements in their bag. These golfers are the real gem of the game; also they have revolutionized the Indian golf with their impressive game on the international level. 

They have a worldwide following like no other, which is a big thing in a one-sport crazy nation. And this is the reason why we call them the greatest Indian golfers of all time. 

1. Jeev Milkha Singh

Jeev Milkha Singh is one of the biggest names in the history of Indian golf. Born in the year 1971, he is the son of the legendary athlete, Milkha Singh.

In 2007, Jeev had been honored with the Padma Shri award from the government of India for his magnificent contribution to sports. He has been remarkable in his sport since he started playing professionally.

He made it on the list of Top 100 golfers in the owgr (official world golf ranking) in 2006. The legendary golfer is the only Indian golfer to have a tournament named after him (Jeev Milkha Singh Invitational).

Quick Stats –

  •   First Indian golfer to make to the top 50 in world golf
  •   Ranked 12th in the European Tour Tournament (2008)
  •   Honored with Padma Shri in 2007 (fourth highest civilian award of India)
  •  Honored with Arjuna Award in 1999
  • Only Indian golfer to have a tournament named after him
  • Topped the Asian Tour Order of Merit in 2008

2. Arjun Atwal

Arjun Atwal is one of the finest golfers we have in the country. He was born in the year 1973 and developed a passion for golf since his childhood.

Arjun is the first Indian to play in the U. S PG Tour and after taking part in this tournament; he started getting nationwide recognition. Atwal was the second golfer behind Jeev Milkha Singh to earn membership of the European Tour.

Quick Stats –

  •   He is the first Indian golfer who won European Tour order of merit event.
  •  First Indian golfer to become a member of the U.S PGA Tour
  • Arjun topped the Asian order of merit in the year 2003.
  • In 2005, he was close to winning the PGA Tour
  • He is the first Indian on Asian PGA to exceed the US $1 million in career earnings.
  • In 2000, he has won the Hero Honda Masters tournament
  • Honored with Arjuna Award in 2007 from the Government of India

3.   Jyoti Randhawa

Jyoti Randhawa, the famous golfer from Gurugram, after winning the sub-junior title in 1986, he became obsessed with golf and that’s where the journey of the golfing star started.

Randhawa turned professional in 1994 and now holds many achievements in his bag. However, because of inactivity, he is now ranked 1520 in the world.

Quick Stats –

  •  He topped Asian Tour merit list in 2002
  • Jyoti has won 8 Asian Tour titles
  • He was first Indian golfer to reach top 100 rankings in the world

 4.   Anirban Lahiri

Anirban Lahiri, the well-known golfer was born in 1987. He turned towards professional golfing in 2007 and was a part of the Asian tour in 2008.

Anirban is a star player and was honored with prestigious Arjuna Award in 2014 for his magnificent contribution in golf. Lahiri is one of the best golfers in India and currently ranked 308 in the world.

Quick Stats –

  • Lahiri has 2 European tour and 7 Asian tour wins
  • Anirban broke into the top-100 of the (owgr) for the first time in 2014
  • He was voted as the Asian Player of the year in 2014
  • Lahiri became the second Indian golfer to make their way at the masters
  • In 2014, he is honored with Arjuna award from the president of India

5.   Shubhankar Sharma

Shubhankar Sharma is the young and talented golfer from Jhansi, and trained in Chandigarh under the famous golf coach, Jesse Grewal. Although, he is still in his initial years on the international level, but proves himself with his superb game technique and is ready to become the next big thing for India in Golf.

The 23-years old is the youngest golfer to win the prestigious “Arjuna Award” in Sept. 2018. Shubhankar is a top player and now joins the best golfers Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal, Jyoti Randhawa, and Anirban Lahiri as Indian, who have won the Order of Merit as the top-earning professional on the Asian Tour. The Talented player is currently the highest ranked Indian golfer in the owgr standings till Oct 2019.

Quick Stats –

  • Winner of 2 European tour titles
  • He is the youngest Indian golfer to receive Arjuna Award
  • Shubhanakar is currently India’s highest-ranked golfer
  • He joins the list of golfers who have won the Order of Merit

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