July 5: Two-time Asian Tour winner Shiv Kapur will fly the Indian flag at The Open after topping the Final Qualifying on Tuesday.
Kapur, who won his second Asian Tour title after a gap of 11 years at the Yeangder Heritage in April, carded rounds of one-under-par 71 and 65 to emerge top of the field at the Woburn course for the Final Qualifying Draw.
The Indian’s two-day total of eight-under-par 136 was enough to see him finish ahead of England duo Toby Tree and Ian Poulter.
Only the top three players at each of the five venues at the Royal Cinque Ports at Deal claimed a spot at The Open.
“It means a lot to get back into the championship. I have flown all the way from India to play in this qualifier, so that just shows you how much I want to play in The Open Championship. Growing up as a kid The Open Championship was the ultimate.
“I haven’t played Royal Birkdale, and I haven’t played The Open Championship since 2013 at Muirfield when I led during the first round. So I have very fond memories of that,” said Kapur, who made a 4,167-mile round trip from his Delhi home in an attempt to qualify.
Kapur will be making his third appearance at The Open and will join other Asian Tour members, Thongchai Jaidee, Jeunghun Wang, Phachara Khongwatmai, K.T. Kim, Scott Hend, Prayad Marksaeng, Jbe Kruger, Yikeun Chang, Kim Giwhan, Younghan Song and current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader David Lipsky at Royal Birkdale from July 20-23.