India's Kapur stuck in third gear

Fri 25 Oct 2013

India's Kapur stuck in third gear

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Kuala Lumpur, October 25: India’s Shiv Kapur battled to a two-under-par 70 for tied 13th place at the halfway stage of the US$7 million CIMB Classic on Friday, knowing that he needs to shift into high gear to emerge as a legitimate contender.
The 31-year-old, who holds one Asian Tour title under his belt, carded three birdies against a lone bogey at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club’s West course where his two-day aggregate of five-under-par 139 left him eight shots behind leader Keegan Bradley of the United States.
But with second-placed Ryan Moore lying only four shots ahead of him, Kapur is hopeful that he can enjoy a low-scoring day in the third round on Saturday to give himself a shot of challenging for the US$1.26 million top prize.
“I played steady golf.  I played just well, good golf. I could have been a little lower, but I made a few saves as well early in my round. I made a good par putt on the first and the third, so I kind of kept myself in there,” said Kapur.
“I played steady but obviously I want to improve on that, but given the conditions and given everything and playing sort of late in the day when the greens are a little bit more chewed up and a little more grainy, I think that's a decent round.  But obviously I'd like to do a couple better.”
The Indian knows finding the fairways at the challenging West course is key to a low round. He hit 10 fairways today, an improvement from his first round, but did not hit it close enough to the pins to convert the birdie chances.
“If you hit fairways, you give yourself a lot of birdie opportunities. Today they put a lot of flags on the front of the greens. With the greens firming up, it's tougher and tougher to get closer to the front pin,” he said.
“When you have to be in the fairway, there is a big premium on hitting fairways here.  So as long as you keep it in play, you give yourself a lot of birdie chances. It is the kind of course where you can get hot and go low. It comes down to putting like any other week.  So you hit the fairway on a few putts and there are low scores to be had,” said Kapur.
With the heat and humidity, Kapur said it was important to conserve his energy for a weekend charge.
“It's really hot, and you have to conserve your energy.  I think all parts of my game are in pretty good shape. It's just a question of putting it from third gear into fifth gear, and hopefully I can do that on the weekend,” he said.
Gaganjeet Bhullar, currently third on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, carded a 70 for tied 33rd place while Anirban Lahiri also shot a 70 for equal 42nd position.
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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.
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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.