New Delhi: Anirban Lahiri's Venetian Macau Open triumph propelled him to the 69th position in the world golf rankings -- a jump of 21 places.
Lahiri had achieved his career-best ranking of 64th, soon after his win in Indonesia earlier this year. Lahiri is currently the highest-ranked Indian in the world followed by Shiv Kapur, who is at 215th place.
Jeev Milkha Singh is the only Indian golfer to be ranked higher than 69th. Jeev had achieved his career-best ranking of 29th back in 2009.
Lahiri's success in Macau meant he bagged the winner's cheque worth $162,000 that took his season's tally to $504,689. (Lahiri Says Never-Say-Die Approach Helped Clinch Macau Open Golf)
He thus consolidated his second place on the Asian Tour Order of Merit and narrowed the gap on leader David Lipsky of the United States who currently has season's earnings of $669,170. Lahiri now has two wins and five other top-10s to his credit in an extremely successful 2014 Asian Tour season.
Lahiri's win was the 48th title triumph by an Indian on the Asian circuit. Lahiri's five titles placed him fifth on the list of Indians with most international wins.
Jeev Milkha Singh, with 13 international titles, leads this list followed by Jyoti Randhawa (9), Arjun Atwal (9) and Gaganjeet Bhullar (6).