I didn't get a chance to post here earlier but finally I managed some time now. What a great achievement by Anirban. He rocks! Congratulations Anirban!!
He will be definitely the greatest golfer for India in due course of time as he surpasses one achievement after another of other Indian players. He seems to be quite comfortable in US unlike Jeev, although Jeev did manage the best Indian result in major (PGA Championship 2008) on US soil till yesterday. I still remember that Jeev, during the course of the T9th finish, actually led the leaderboard at some point of time, which brought lot of excitement to Indian golf fans. Anirban didn't lead the field but still he was T2 for sometime in this tournament. I'm sure, Anirban will soon get his PGA card and become a regular, just like Arjun Atwal and Daniel Chopra.
Here is what Jeev had to say about Anirban's achievement: It's just the start of an incredible journey: Jeev Milkha Singh on Lahiri's PGA achievement
Jeev Milkha Singh wrote:"I would first like to congratulate him on what was a stupendous achievement. I thought he was just outstanding in how he handled the unique pressures of a major championship, and I am sure this is just the start of an incredible journey for him."
"Anirban's finish betters the tied-ninth I recorded in Oakland Hills in 2008, and I am delighted that my record has been broken. This shows progress for Indian golf, and that makes me happier rather than have my name against a record.
"This performance will also be a massive boost to other Indian players and I hope it inculcates a healthy competitive feeling. What Anirban has done should be the launching pad for many such success stories from our country.
"I wish Anirban all the best in the future and hope he will soon be hoisting a major trophy on a Sunday evening."
By the way, Daniel Chopra won twice on PGA tour while Arjun won once. Except PGA tour, Jeev had victories in all other tours he played - Asian (6 titles), Japan (4), and European (4 ). And his most famous victory came in European season ending Volvo Masters in the year 2006.