Kapur blog: Dream start

Fri 19 Jul 2013

Kapur blog: Dream start

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July 18: Shiv Kapur of India earned a dream start at The Open Championship when he outgunned some of the leading stars in golf. Playing in his second Major championship since 2006, Kapur reflects on his round, which was highlighted by a hot start.
By Shiv Kapur
I was in dreamland for a while when I birdied my first three holes. After that I said keep doing what I’ve been doing. This is probably the fastest greens I’ve played in my life. It weren’t green, it was white out there! It felt like I was putting on glass. I couldn’t get the ball to sort of stop. I knew it was tough to hole putts but I gave myself chances out there.
I didn’t feel that I played badly on the back nine. On the 10th I just found a fairway bunker and made a three-putt out of nowhere. I hit a bad drive on the 14th hole but you have to take your medicine and get out of there.
When you are six-under after nine, you wish that you can hold on but with how the golf course is playing, I don’t think I will complain.
Nobody is expecting me to be up there and it is a funny name in the middle of proven Major winners but it is nice to be up there. At least I can hold my head high and say that I led at one point at The Open Championship. That’s something I can take a lot of pride in.
The front nine was a bit special. I was in a bit of a trance there. I wasn’t aware of my score. I tried to make every birdie putt that comes because I know how tough this golf course can be.
I watched a bit of the coverage this morning and I saw the balls bouncing. So in some aspect it is good to watch and know. Sometimes you are over cautious, you see something and you get a negative mind set. You can to learn a bit with a late start and obviously the wind didn’t die down. It was quite breezy.
I like the way the course is set up. The trouble sort of confronts you. You know where the bunkers are. I came here on Saturday so I had four full rounds here.
Coming from India, The Open Championship was always the one you watched because it is prime time in India. I think there will be a few people in India sitting in a pub and watching this. I watched a few Opens when I was young so this holds a special place in my heart.
I’ve got nothing to lose. I’m going out there to fulfil my own expectations and my own goals. You go out there to play quietly. In fact, my playing partner told me that he was expecting a quiet afternoon until the cameras started following us!
Ends.