CIMB Classic: Steady Kapur fights back

Thu 24 Oct 2013

CIMB Classic: Steady Kapur fights back

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Kuala Lumpur, October 4: India’s Shiv Kapur shot seven birdies over a nine-hole stretch as he overcame a calamitous start for a first round three-under-par 69 at the US$7 million CIMB Classic on Thursday.
The Asian Tour star battled hard to end the opening day in tied 12th place, six shots behind leader Ryan Moore of the United States in the lucrative event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the PGA TOUR.
“It was good. Obviously a little bump to start but I think it's even more satisfying to come through after a bad start and shoot 69,” said Kapur, who dropped two bogeys and one double in his opening five holes at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s West course.
“Obviously four over after five holes, I said to my caddie, ‘look, I haven't really hit too many bad shots’. I had a bad lie in the rough on 14 and I should have probably played away from the water and made double there.
“And after that, I was swinging it well, hitting good shots. I just tried to get back to as close to par and once I did that, I just kept going and going and made seven birdies in my last 13 holes or in fact seven birdies in a stretch of nine holes.”
India’s other representatives in the CIMB Classic, which has attracted 18 of the world’s top-50 players in the field including the top-10 players from the Asian Tour, endured mixed fortunes.
Gaganjeet Bhullar, currently third on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, battled to a 72 after finishing with two birdies over his last three holes while Anirban Lahiri, who was runner-up in the Venetian Macau Open last week, settled for a 74 after shooting two birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey.
Gaganjeet Bhullar of India Gaganjeet Bhullar of India
Kapur, who started from the 10th hole, said he reminded himself to stay positive despite his stuttering start as the front-nine stretch of holes was the easier to negotiate.
“You just got to take it in your stride and just keep plugging along and keep giving yourself birdie putts. I managed to hit a few close and bring it back. The course is playing a lot different than what it does in the Malaysian Open. The greens are much firmer and there's a big premium on hitting fairways. I think if you hit fairways then you've got a lot of birdie opportunities, but if you're slightly out of position, it's tough to hold the greens and make putts,” said Kapur.
“Obviously it's like a tale of two halves, the back nine is obviously playing a lot harder, not just because I played badly on it, but I think the front nine there's definitely more scoring opportunities.”
With no half-way cut in the elite 78-man field, Kapur knows he must keep his foot on the pedal to ensure he stays within striking reach of the leaders and a big payday on Sunday.
“It's a start.  Being a couple over kind of takes you out of the tournament, but when you're three under, with a good round tomorrow you're still right in it, so I think I'd like to say the old cliche, ‘you can lose a tournament in the first day, but you can't win it.’  At least I haven't lost it on the first day,” said Kapur.
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About CIMB Group
The title sponsor of the CIMB Classic is CIMB Group. CIMB Group is one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 8 out of 10 ASEAN nations. CIMB Group offers a full suite of financial services and related products; has a market capitalisation of approximately US$18.4 billion as at 31 Jul 2013 and over 42,000 employees located in 17 countries. Read more about CIMB Group at www.cimb.com.
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 100 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour, Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to approximately 945 million households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2012, tournaments on the three Tours generated more than $130 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.86 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.