Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28-10-2013
Shiv Kapur secures tied 16th place at CIMB Classic in Malaysia
Shiv Kapur turned in an even-par-72 in the final round to secure tied 16th place at the USD 7 million CIMB Classic, an event jointly sanctioned by Asian and PGA Tours, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Kapur had birdies on the third and 17th and dropped bogeys on the sixth and 15th to finish with a total of six-under-282. Other Indians in fray, Gaganjeet Bhullar (two-under-286) and Anirban Lahiri (one-under-287) finished tied 33rd and tied 35th respectively. PGTI member Md Siddikur Rahman of Bangladesh was tied 25th at four-under-284.
Lahiri made a fine move with five birdies and an eagle but he also dropped three bogeys. Bhullar dropped a double bogey on 17th after just one birdie on 13th.
American Ryan Moore outclassed compatriot Gary Woodland in a playoff. The duo had earlier ended the regulation 72 holes with identical totals of 14-under-274.
Kapur played consistently over four rounds to take home a cheque of USD 112,000, that saw him rise from 14th place to eighth position on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.
Kapur reckons that he is coming closer to winning his second Asian Tour title since 2005 after staying patient despite making some mental errors this week.
"I can be patient when I need to be and I need to be patient. I think in the past, I've gotten impatient and sort of let things slip when things are not going well. This week I fought back hard, four-over after my first five holes and six-under for the week. That's one big lesson that I learnt," said Kapur.
"I wanted to get to double digits under-par but conditions were tough. I just didn't get the putts to fall. I think if you hole a couple of putts early in the round it is a different story. You get to minus two or three under and then you're looking to press on.
"For me I made a lot of pars today, didn't really make too many mistakes and just didn't hole enough birdie putts to really threaten, but I think I played steady the whole week. I take a lot of positives out of the week, a respectable finish," he said.
The 31-year-old Indian will now set his sights on the Hero Indian Open in a fortnight when it is played at his home course, the Delhi Golf Club.
"Obviously I would have liked to have been in the top-10 or higher and played my way into the next PGA TOUR event. But I think I take a lot of good things from the week, and going into the Indian Open now, I feel like I'm hitting form with last week and this week, and I'm pretty happy with where my game is," added Kapur.
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