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Shiv Kapur ends impressive season on high note

Kapur has made big strides in 2017 (Photo: Asian Tour )
Shiv Kapur of India emerged triumphant at the US$500,000 Royal Cup after he closed the tournament with a four-under-par 67 to finish 14-under-par 270.

It was Kapur's third win of 2017 and his 4th on the Asian Tour, 12 years after his first.

Sunday was a titanic battle between Kapur and Thailand’s Prom Meesawat as the pair emerged from the pack after round three. At the start of the final round, Prom was two shots ahead of Kapur, who was four shots ahead of the rest of the field.

However, Prom lost his advantage early at the second hole of the Phoenix Gold Golf and Country Club. After pulling to the left, Prom had to settle for a bogey at the par-three hole, while Kapur knocked in a birdie.

Prom’s further bogeys on the fifth and ninth handed Kapur the lead. Although, the 33-year-old Thai managed to shake off his nerves after the turn and it was all square again following consecutive birdies on the 11th and 12th.

Kapur did himself no favours when he bogeyed the 13th and 14th and in the process, handed Prom a two-shot lead again.

Kapur bounced back remarkably with two consecutive birdies of his own and it was back to a deadlock. With Prom bogeying the 17th, the door was left open for Shiv to win the Royal Cup, and he did by one shot.

It was Kapur’s third Asian Tour win of 2017 and while the prize-money this week will not count on the Asian Tour money list his performance further highlights the progress he has made this past year.

At the beginning of 2017 Kapur was ranked 743rd in the world and he is now around 202nd.

Gaganjeet Bhullar of India carded a 66 to cement third place after a late charge. Thai legend Prayad Marksaeng and Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang, who won on the same golf course last year, shared fourth place.

Australians Terry Pilkadaris and Scott Hend finished 30th and 62nd respectively, Pilkadaris’ chances of a much higher finish ruined by a 3rd round of 77.

 

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