Delhi, India: Shiv Kapur completed his lifelong dream of winning at Delhi Golf Club when he triumphed at the US$400,000 Panasonic Open India with a final round four-under-par 68.
While Kapur’s two previous Asian Tour titles were won in Thailand and Chinese Taipei, the Panasonic Open India title was Kapur’s first professional victory at the Delhi Golf Club, his home course.
The title race was evenly poised at the turn with only a single shot separating the leaders. But it was Kapur who broke away from the pack with birdies on 11, 12, 14 and 15 to sign off with a winning total of 17-under-par 271.
Kapur said: “It’s an amazing feeling. This victory has not really sunk in yet but when I was walking down the 18th, I was really trying to hold back the emotions. I was telling myself ‘just finish the race, finish the race’. It’s amazing to be able to do it.
“To be able to win in front of all my friends and family is wonderful. I grew up playing golf here and told myself I had to win at the Delhi Golf Club one day. So, no words can actually describe how I’m feeling right now.
“The reception I got when I was coming up the 18 was just amazing. It was well worth the wait. I was very aggressive the first few days but I had a pretty conservative strategy today. I just wanted to eliminate the mistakes on the card and I started off playing really steady.
“I attacked the flag all the way coming in and that aggressive golf paid off. I’ve to thank a lot of people for believing in me and supporting me. The form is good and the confidence is high, so there’s no reason why I cannot win again.”
American Paul Peterson’s chase for his first Asian Tour title fell short after he marked his card with three birdies and two bogeys to fall off the pace.
Peterson had to settle for a share of second place with six other players that included Indians SSP Chawrasia and Ajeetesh Sandhu.
The Panasonic Open India is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and is the second leg of the Panasonic Swing, which is an aggregate points race that spans five events in Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan.
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