Kapur celebrates birthday with 66 #ThailandClassic

Thu 12 Feb 2015

Kapur celebrates birthday with 66 #ThailandClassic

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Hua Hin, Thailand, February 12: India’s Shiv Kapur got his birthday wish when he posted a promising six-under-par 66 at the opening day of the inaugural US$2 million True Thailand Classic presented by Black Mountain on Thursday.
Kapur, who turned 33 today, kept the bogeys off the card to trail clubhouse leader Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland by two shots at the richest golf tournament in Thailand which is held at the Black Mountain Golf Club.
Despite nursing a cold, the Indian got off brightly with five birdies in his opening back-nine 10th.
He added another birdie on six after the turn before returning home comfortably in 66 at the Thailand Classic, which is the first co-sanctioned tournament by the Asian Tour and European Tour in Thailand in eight years.
Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland Michael Hoey of Northern Ireland
“It’s a nice present. You wake up in the morning hoping for a good day because you don’t want to be grumpy for the rest of the day. I couldn’t have asked for a better result.
“They keep saying beware of the sick golfer and it seems to work. Hopefully I can stay sick and keep playing the way I’m!” laughed Kapur.
Playing in his fifth straight event, Kapur is hoping to get back into competitive mode quickly and contend for his second victory on the Asian Tour.
“I think it’s the early season rust. I felt like I play really well last week but got nothing in return in terms of results,” said Kapur, who finished in 46th place in Malaysia last week.
“It all comes down to holing a few putts. I got up this morning and I managed to do that. And that set the tone for the rest of the day. I’m looking forward to the rest of the week and also the year,” added Kapur.
Hoey meanwhile set the early pace with an impressive course record 64 by firing eight birdies to claim the club house lead.
The five-time European Tour winner, was in total command, taking advantage of the early benign conditions in the morning.
“We had 10 or 11 holes with not much wind, which was an advantage teeing off early,” said Hoey.
“No bogeys, no fives on the card, and a course record is a nice start. I’m swinging the club nicely so hopefully I’ll put three more good rounds together and see what happens,” added Hoey.
Australia’s Scott Hend also posted a solid 67 to stay within pace of the early leaders.
Scott Hend of Australia Scott Hend of Australia
Hend’s only blemish came at the par-four nine but with six birdies on the card, the six-time Asian Tour winner is pleased with the opening day efforts.
“It was not bad. I made a few average mistakes here and there but I’m in a good position to start off and it’s positive,” said Hend.
The Australian was in a cheery mood as he looked ahead to chasing for more glory on the region’s premier Tour.
“I would play every week if I could. But I’m 41 now and I’ve got two kids I’ve got to see and the family has to come before the golf occasionally.
“But life can’t get any better when you’re playing golf for a living,” said Hend.
Ends.
About the Asian Tour
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About Black Mountain Golf Club, Hua Hin
A challenging yet highly enjoyable design, the course enjoys sweeping vistas from almost every hole, and tour-standard conditions. Since opening in 2007, Black Mountain has hosted three Asian Tour events, including the 2014 King’s Cup, and has won a string of international awards. Black Mountain is the only course in Thailand ever to be named in Golf Digest’s Top 100 Courses (outside the US), and also to receive the accolade “Best Course in Thailand” for the past FOUR years in a row. Also in December 2014, Asian Golf Monthly Magazine voted Black Mountain as the "Best Course in Asia Pacific" and "Best Championship Course in Asia Pacific". Additionally, the magnificent Par 3 sister course may be the best you will ever play. Set in a natural valley, there is water on every hole, requiring precise shot-making and concentration, just as you need on the full length course! Outstanding services, the most modern carts and electric buggies available, first class practice facilities and a modern clubhouse overlooking the course make Black Mountain a golf experience you will long remember. Combine all of the above with a world class restaurant and a 5-star Spa, then you have the complete package for the perfect golfing destination.