A sensational season in golf has finally paid off for Indian star Anirban Lahiri. The 28-year-old, who won a plethora of titles, including the Maybank Malaysian and the Hero Indian Open, in the calendar year 2015, is now a winner of the Asian Tour Golfer of the Year award.
The award is bestowed upon the best golfer from the Asian countries, after fans have their say in an online poll.
Lahiri, who also stood fifth at the prestigious US PGA Championship last year, became the first Indian golfer to appear at the 2015 Presidents Cup, where he represented Team International against Team USA. He also won the Asian Tour Order of Merit title, last year.
"Many thanks to all my fans who voted for me for the Hilton Asian Tour Golfer of the Year," Lahiri, who finished the year ranked 40th in the world, was quoted by the Press Trust of India. "Starting out the year, finishing in the world's top-50 and winning the Asian Tour Order of Merit were two of my main goals and I'm delighted to have achieved this target," the Bengaluru golfer added.
Lahiri was nominated alongside Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee, Philippines' Miguel Tabuena, as well as Malaysia's Danny Chia, who won the Taiwan Masters last year.
"I look forward to another memorable season in 2016 with the continued support and encouragement from everyone," Lahiri added.
The Indian golfer, who turned pro in the year 2007, will now be the one to watch out for during the four major golfing championships of the year -- the Masters tournament, the US Open, the British Open and the US PGA Championship.
Lahiri will be seen in action in the 2016 Masters Tournament, scheduled to take place in April.