India’s Shiv Kapur arrived with a bang, winning the Asian Tour’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ award in 2005 after his victory at the VolvoMasters.
That has remained his only title on the pro tour, with the seven years that have passed dotted with several ‘so near, yet so far’ moments.
In the second round at the Hero Indian Open at the KGA course here, a similar scenario unfolded. Starting the day at four-under, Kapur snatched the lead after going seven-under after the front nine, but a disappointing display saw him drop back to four-under, six shots behind leader Richie Ramsay.
“I’m very disappointed. I started well, and put myself in with a chance to get 10-under par and put myself right in the thick of things. But, it’s not the end of the world,” Kapur said, when asked about his fall from the top of the leaderboard.
A couple of near-misses in the recent past include finishing 37th in the KLM Open in Netherlands and the Italian Open a week later, after going into the final round with a real chance to finish in the top-10. Kapur insists it too early to draw parallels to his likely finish here, but offered his thoughts on his career-path since that promising debut in 2005.
“You play a sport to win, and I am frustrated that I haven’t been able to live up to my own expectations. Any time you start off your career on a real high, it’s always difficult to match that standard. Everybody expects you to maintain that standard.
“It’s about putting too much personal pressure on yourself. Whenever you get a sniff at victory, you try too hard, and end up not staying as patient as you should. There have been many times where
“I have finished the tournament and realised that I thought I needed three birdies to win at one stage, when just one would have been enough. The idea is to stay within shouting distance and stay patient,” said Kapur.