Kapur crowned King of Dubai

Mon 04 Nov 2013

Kapur crowned King of Dubai

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November 4: Shiv Kapur became the first Indian winner of the Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final hosted by Al Badia Golf Club as he soared to a four shot victory which earned a return to The European Tour on a day of high drama in the race for graduation to the top tier.
The European Challenge Tour’s season finale never fails to produce fireworks and this season’s edition, held at the suitably spectacular Al Badia Golf Club by InterContinental for the first time, was no different.
Kapur’s glorious victory meant he skyrocketed into the crucial top 15 in the Rankings, from 20th to fourth, to create history as the first Indian to graduate from the Challenge Tour to The European Tour, while Jamie McLeary secured a rookie season on The Race to Dubai in similarly imperious fashion with a tied runner-up finish.
Andrea Pavan, meanwhile, brought his stunning season to a fittin
Kapur was delighted to have sealed the deal in such composed style and cannot wait to return to the top where he will go in search of his maiden win in Europe, having claimed the first and last Challenge Tour titles of the 2013 season.
“I'm really pleased,” said the 32 year old. “It was a tough week and I had to battle away. I'm very proud of myself to shoot a bogey-free round and once I did that the pressure was on the rest of the guys so I'm extremely happy.
“I made it a little hard on myself this year not playing as many tournaments as some other players on the Challenge Tour but I backed myself and told myself that if I played well enough I would make it back on to The European Tour.
“Sometimes when you plan these things and they don’t work out it looks like a great plan so I'm pretty pleased with how it worked out. It would obviously have been nice to have less pressure coming into this week but there is no better feeling than when you win.
“I have had five or six professional wins but given the circumstances and everything leading up to the week, this one is right up there with the best of them.
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