Men who made the cut: Indians at the golf majors

Debayan SenSenior Assistant Editor4 Minute Read

Days after holding the 54-hole lead in his first World Golf Championships appearance, Shubhankar Sharma has accepted a special invitation to play in the Masters in Augusta, Georgia next month.

Seven Indians before him have made the four majors in men's golf -- the Masters, the U.S. Open, the British Open, and the PGA Championship -- while Sharma will be the fourth Indian after Jeev Milkha Singh, Arjun Atwal and Anirban Lahiri to compete in Augusta.

So how have the seven Indians fared in their majors appearances, and who has made the best finish among them? Find all your questions answered here.

Gaurav Ghei

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Major debut: British Open, 1997

Ghei became the first Indian at a major during the British Open at the Royal Troon Course in Scotland in 1997. He registered two scores of 81, thus missing out on the cut, placed at 2-over 144. Justin Leonard of USA went on to win the title that year.

Jyoti Randhawa

Major debut: British Open, 2000

Best finish: T-27th, British Open, 2004

Randhawa featured five times in three of golf's majors -- he never played the Masters -- and withdrew from the PGA Championship in 2007. His best also came at the Royal Troon in 2004, the only major appearance where he made the cut, finishing with 3-over 287, 13 shots behind eventual champion Todd Hamilton of USA.

Jeev Milkha Singh

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Major debut: U.S. Open, 2002

Best finish: T-9th, PGA Championship, 2008

The first Indian to feature in all four majors, Jeev holds the record for most appearances in them (14). Jeev also made the first top-10 finish by an Indian at a major in the PGA Championship in 2008 at Oakland Hills. His 2-under 68 had him share the lead with Swede Robert Karlsson after the first round, but he dropped to T-7th after the second round, maintaining that position after the third round. He finished with 5-over 285, eight shots behind eventual champion Padraig Harrington of Ireland.

Arjun Atwal

Major debut: British Open, 2004

Atwal matched Jeev in making an appearance in all four majors, and also emulated his feat in making the Masters in 2011. He failed to make the cut at any of his five majors appearances, though, with the PGA Championship being the only place where he competed on two occasions, in 2005 and 2011.

Shiv Kapur

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Major debut: British Open, 2006

Best finish: T-23rd, U.S. Open, 2014

Kapur has had some memorable moments in his five appearances at two of golf's majors -- his latest appearance came at the British Open in 2017, for which he won a qualifying tournament despite suffering from a sore back after a little accident a day prior to the event. His best finish was at the U.S. Open in 2014, where his final score of 286 had him 15 shots adrift of champion Martin Kaymer of Germany. At the 2013 British Open in Muirfield, Kapur's opening round of 68 saw him T-4th, just two shots behind leader Zach Johnson, though he would eventually finish T-73rd.

Gaganjeet Bhullar

Major debut: British Open, 2009

Bhullar's only appearance in a major thus far has come at the British Open in Turnberry in 2009 -- when he was just 21 years and two months old, and in his fourth year as a professional. Bhullar began with a steady 1-over 71, but his second round score of 77 saw him miss the cut, which was set at 144. Bhullar will still remain the youngest Indian man at a major, since Sharma will be 21 years and eight months when he debuts at the Masters.

Anirban Lahiri

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Major debut: British Open, 2012

Best finish: T-5th, PGA Championship, 2015

Lahiri made the cut, and finished T-31st on his major debut in 2012, and has looked the part since in his 12 appearances spanning all four majors. His best finish showed his ability to maintain consistency, when he scored 70, 67, 70 and 68 across the four rounds of the PGA Championship in Wisconsin in 2015. Propelled to the top-four after two rounds, his third round score saw him slip to T-8th, but he scored six birdies and two bogeys in the final round to register the best finish by an Indian at a major.