Kapur blog: A good fight back

Thu 24 Oct 2013

Kapur blog: A good fight back

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October 24: In this blog, Shiv Kapur talks about his great comeback at the CIMB Classic. He was four over after five holes but recovered brilliantly with a three-under-par 69 to trail the first round leader Ryan Moore by six shots.
By Shiv Kapur
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 said, look, you're swinging well, hitting good shots, just try and get back to as close to par as you can, 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.
I think the course is playing a lot different than what it does in the Malaysian Open.  The greens are much firmer.  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. Obviously it's like the 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.  The two par fives are pretty short and that's where you're going to make your score.
In the past obviously not to say that negative thoughts don't enter your mind.  You obviously think, four-over after five and things like that happen.  But you just got to take it in your stride and just keep plugging along and keep giving yourself birdie putts, and I managed to hit a few close and bring it back.
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.
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