Top Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri has tested positive for COVID-19, which has ruled him out of at least two PGA Tour events.
Lahiri received his test result on Saturday and has since entered quarantine.
The 33-year-old ace golfer, aiming for a second consecutive Olympic appearance, was just starting to show signs of returning to form with a fifth-place finish at the Valero Texas Open. He will now miss the action for at least two weeks.
Lahiri’s recent top 5 finish had propelled him into the race for one of the Olympic spots. Even though he will miss a tournament or two, he could be back for Wells Fargo in mid-April and then for the Byron Nelson event.
He still has a few trials left to bid for the Olympic spot.
Last week, Lahiri missed the cup at RBC Heritage after a modest 71 in the first round and a listless 75 in the second. He was sitting the week of the Zurich Classic in New Orleans, training and working on his game.
However, Lahiri will now miss training and next week’s Valspar Championship.
Taking the unexpected hit on his chin, Lahiri tweeted, “Looks like the pandemic has caught up with the Lahiri (sic). Tested positive on Saturday morning, isolating and waiting. Stay safe everyone. “
– Anirban Lahiri (@anirbangolf) April 18, 2021
Lahiri has been on the PGA Tour since 2016, although his last world victory came at the Hero Indian Open in 2015. He has, however, had numerous Top 5 and Top 10 finishes on the PGA Tour.
The current season has been mixed for Lahiri, who was able to retain his playing rights on the world’s biggest tour as the 2020 season was hit by the pandemic and Lahiri was stranded in India.
Overall, in the 2020-21 season, which started in mid-September 2020, Lahiri has played 13 events and made the cut in seven with fifth place at the Valero Texas Open as his best.
His other Top-10 was T-6 in the 2020 edition of the Corales Punta Cana Resort and Club Championship.