Title sponsor of Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge on the PGA Tour has dropped LIV Golf player Anirban Lahiri over his association with the Saudi-funded venture.
Through a report of News9Hero MotoCorp’s longtime sponsor, the 35-year-old Indian, has parted ways with the golfer.
Woods’ Hero World Challenge – where he just announced the pitch – will be replayed December 1-4 in Albany, Bahamas.
Mastercard has also parted ways with Lahiri, according to the report.
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Lahiri had been plying his trade on the PGA Tour since 2016.
He has never won on the established American circuit, but came close to winning what is considered the game’s “fifth major” in March.
Lahiri nearly won the weather-delayed Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, eventually finishing second behind the marquee at LIV, $140 million signature of Cameron Smith.
Elsewhere, he has won two European Tour events and is a seven-time Asian Tour winner. He was the third Indian golfer to compete in the Masters and broke into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings in 2014.
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Lahiri ended his PGA Tour career when he decided to join Greg Norman’s LIV Golf Invitational Series ahead of their fourth event in Boston.
Although this has not been confirmed, various reports indicate that the Indian’s costs amounted to $7 million.
In his LIV debut in September, Lahiri managed to make a three-way elimination in the 48-man starter tournament.
This was won by Dustin Johnson, who held a huge eagle putt to take the win from Joaquinn Niemann and Lahiri.
Lahiri, however, managed to pick up as much as $1,812,500.
In a statement, Lahiri told News9, “I am so grateful for the support I have received over the years from Hero and Mastercard. Any company that supports golf should be celebrated. That’s all what I mean.”
The publication reports that Hero did not respond to requests for comment.
Lahiri will be on the course at LIV Golf Bangkok, where he will line up for Bryson DeChambeau’s Crushers GC along with Paul Casey and Charles Howell III.
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Woods, an 82-time PGA Tour winner, is unsurprisingly one of LIV’s toughest critics.
He tore up players who decided to join the breakaway circuit ahead of the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews.
“But what these players are doing for guaranteed money, what’s the incentive to practice?” Woods has already said.
“What’s the motivation to go out there and win it in the dirt? You just get paid a lot of money up front and play a few events and play 54 holes.
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