Moments After Leaving Bryson DeChambeau in a Puddle of ‘Emotions’, LIV Teammate Turns His Focus to the Next Big Challenge

Published 09/25/2023, 7:15 AM EDT

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As the Ryder Cup fever has taken over the golf world, LIV Golf Chicago has sheathed some of this attention. This has its due credit to the powerful strokeplay, excited team competition, and the vibrant crowd. Nonetheless, one of the highlights of the tournament has been Bryson DeChambeau and his powerful victory. However, it would be partisan to sideline another important name from the Crushers GC who portrayed an equally dominating stance.

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With just a stroke away from the title winner, the Indian professional showcased a dominant set of skills. Looking at his efforts, even Captain DeChambeau couldn’t hold his “emotions”. Now, as one challenge has ended for the 36-year-old, another awaits him. This entails his next stop “13 hours” away.

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After facing a defeat at the recent LIV Chicago, Anirban Lahiri took to Instagram to share an update on his next stop. Taking a big leap from the Tour competition, the golfer has a national duty in his hands for the coming days.

It is the Asian Games 2023 that will host the Indian golf star. Lahiri had qualified for the event through direct qualification based on his rankings, along with fellow player Shubhankar Sharma. In the Instagram story, the athlete shared a screenshot of the world clock from his phone, drawing a comparison between the time in Taiwan, the host country of the event, and the time in Chicago, USA.

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While the time in Chicago was showing 20:44, reflecting to be still in the evening of September 24th, the time in Taiwan displayed to be 13 hours ahead at 9:44, the morning of September 25th. The golfer gave a direct indication of how bad the Jet Lag is on such a long travel, covering multiple continents in between.

 

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Though, amidst all the exhaustion, his patriotic spirit seemed on top. Adding an enthusiastic, “Here I come,” and tagging weareteamindia, the official account of the team for the country, the 2006 Asian Games silver medalist exhibited his excitement for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Amidst his enthusiasm for the new challenge, the golfer would still be surrounded by his recent defeat at the hands of his Crushers GC teammate, Bryson DeChambeau, who grabbed yet another thrilling victory.

Bryson DeChambeau credits his team for the dominant win

Bryson DeChambeau, on Sunday, won his second LIV Golf title with 13 under par. However, just below the golfer on the leaderboard was none other than his teammate Anirban Lahiri. Lahiri shared the second berth with Marc Leishman at 12 under par which helped the Crushers GC bring home a comfortable win.

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Acknowledging these efforts made by the team, DeChambeau emotionally said, “It’s really a weird mix of emotions. But very blessed, very happy, and it gives all of us something to continue to keep pushing for.” These sentiments became even more clear as the golfer individually applauded the three members of his team.

Starting from Lahiri, the 2020 US Open winner admitted numerous occasions on which the professional has proved his worth. Next, he affirmed the “unbelievable skill set” of Paul Casey. Following this, the 30-year-old mentioned Charles Howell III, who according to Bryson DeChambeau was brilliant in Mayakoba.

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Nonetheless, the LIV star reflected on his bond with Lahiri and felt bad for having to beat his friend to win the title. However, as DeChambeau ended his “I love you, Ban”, Lahiri was quick to point out that every professional was trying to just win.

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Areeba Basharat

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Areeba Basharat is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. She drives inspiration from the women players at the LPGA who've taken the sport to a level that allows female golfers to flourish and thrive with grace. Areeba defines her love for the sport by quoting legend, Michelle Wie West : "The first time I grabbed a golf club, I knew that I would do it for the rest of my life."
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