My Win­ning Re­flec­tion

Shiv Ka­pur shares his thoughts on win­ning his long awaited 2nd Asian Tour ti­tle

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - BY SHIV KA­PUR

Shiv Ka­pur’s sec­ond Asian Tour ti­tle was a lengthy wait but it came in sen­sa­tional style at the in­au­gu­ral Yeangder Her­itage in Chi­nese Taipei. The In­dian fired a sen­sa­tional fi­nal round eight-un­der-par 64 high­lighted by eight birdies – five of which came in his clos­ing seven holes! With his win­ning to­tal of 16-un­der-par 272, Ka­pur was de­lighted to end his ti­tle drought on the Asian Tour.

“The win means so much to me. It has been a frus­trat­ing last cou­ple of years so it is nice to be back where I be­long. There are so many good

tal­ents on the Asian Tour and it is get­ting harder and harder to win each year, so to win the way I did is just very sat­is­fy­ing.

There is a cer­tain calm­ness on the golf course (Na­tional Golf Coun­try Club). I think that helped me. It also helped that I was not play­ing in the last group be­cause that gave me an op­por­tu­nity to go and make birdies.

It has been a long time since I won on the Asian Tour. I won on the Chal­lenge Tour in 2013 and some on the lo­cal cir­cuit. My first win came in 2005 in my rookie sea­son. It has been such a long wait but you tend to ap­pre­ci­ate it more. You will have ques­tions and doubts from your­self and other peo­ple but I an­swered those ques­tions more to my­self than any­body else with this win.

Af­ter you haven’t won for so long, you might think that the best is be­hind you. When I first won I was in my early 20s and the older guys were chas­ing me down. Now I’m the old guy! I played with Gavin Green in the third round and I can’t talk enough about what a great player he is. In the fi­nal round I played with two young Thai play­ers so there are a lot of tal­ents on the Asian Tour.

It is be­com­ing harder and harder to win. The young kids come into tour­na­ments to win. They come through the Asian De­vel­op­ment Tour (ADT) sys­tem and that’s such a great plat­form for them to learn how to win. When they come out on the Asian Tour, it is not a big sur­prise to them any­more.

I re­ally strug­gled last year. I came back from a liver surgery in Septem­ber and was ly­ing on a hos­pi­tal bed. It was frus­trat­ing be­cause I couldn’t play. Now I’ve come back af­ter six months and to win the way I did is sat­is­fy­ing. When you are away from the game, it gives you doubts about your­self es­pe­cially when things are not go­ing your way. This win came at the right time.”

The well-de­served champ at the in­au­gu­ral Yeangder Her­itage

Shiv at the 4th round of the Thai­land Open

Shiv Ka­pur at the Myan­mar Open ear­lier this year

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