Kuala Lumpur, February 03: India’s Shiv Kapur stayed within striking distance of the leaders at the US$3 million Maybank Championship after shooting a third round five-under-par 67 on Saturday.
The Panasonic Swing ranking leader turned in 32 before returning with a mixed bag of three birdies against two bogeys to place tied-11th on 12-under-par 204 at the Saujana Golf and Country Club.
Kapur, who enjoyed a stunning 2017 season where he won three titles, is still in the title reckoning as he trails the leaders Jorge Campillo of Spain and Dylan Frittelli of South Africa by three shots in the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour.
It will be an important final 18 holes for the Indian star, who needs a solid result this week to maintain his position on the Panasonic Swing ranking, which is an aggregate points race that spands across five events in Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan.
The Maybank Championship is the penultimate Panasonic Swing ranking event before the finale at the Panasonic Open Japan in (Month). Kapur holds a comfortable lead on the rankings on 898.4 points, if he wins he will also receive an exemption into a European Tour event in 2018.
Did you know?
- Shiv Kapur currently leads the Panasonic Swing by 898.4 points
- In 2017, he was the only golfer to win multiple titles on the Asian Tour with following his win at the 2017 Royal Cup in Thailand.
- He only had 24 putts in his round today but hit 10 of 14 fairways and only made 11 greens which was the lowest of the three rounds.
- The 2017 Panasonic Open India title was Shiv’s first professional victory at the Delhi Golf Club, which is also his home course, the win moved him to the top of the Panasonic Swing for the first time.
- Shiv won the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia in Bangkok and was named Rookie of the Year on the Asian Tour in 2005.
- Kapur and his wife, Maya, gave birth to their daughter, Veda, in 2017.
- Kapur’s parents wanted him to study at Harvard University but instead he opted for Purdue University as he felt it would benefit his golfing career.
ShivKapur (Ind) – Third Round 67 (-5), Total 204 (-12)
I started off well and was hitting it pretty solid, it was breezy today and some of the longer holes played into the wind. We’ve had two calm days and coming out today with completely different conditions was a challenge. But I felt like I played well, I was 6-under through 12 holes and I made a couple of birdies and the birdie on the last was good. But would have been nice to go 15-under which was the number I had in my mind. After hole 13 I was pushing it a bit hard, and was trying a little too hard, overall there was more good than bad so I will take the position I am in.