Kapur keen on Asian Tour

'I need to get my rankings up and win more events'

Having achieved his dream of the playing on the European Tour, Shiv Kapur expressed his keeness to return to the Asian Tour next season in order to achieve his major goal -- a stint on the PGA Tour.

“I would like to play a bit more in Asia. My better performances have been here. When I started to play golf, my first major goal was to play on the European Tour, and having done that now I want to play on the mother of all tours -- the PGA Tour,” Kapur, who is in the City to participate in the Marriott International President’s Golf Trophy, told the media along with women’s ace golfer Sharmila Nicollet on Friday.

“To do that, you need to get your rankings up and win more events. I’m playing the CIMB Classic which is a PGA Tour co-sanctioned event and that could be the opening for me. I feel the Asian Tour is heading in the right direction and a lot of top events are being added to Asia. Europe is losing events while Asia is gaining. The focus next year will be Asia.”

Kapur made a fine start to the season, winning the European Challenge Tour’s Gujarat Kensville Open and even qualifying for the British Open for the second time in his career. But, he struggled for consistency in between, going great one round and tumbling out of contention in the other.

“Up and down is the correct assessment of the season so far. Barrring the Kensville Open, I’ve not tasted much success. I came close in the Panasonic Open, SAIL Open; so the first three months of the season, I came close to winning.

“Then I went to Europe during the summer which was very patchy. Qualifying for The Open Championship was really huge and shooting a good first round in tough conditions was incredible. Although the Open didn’t end up the way I started, I feel my game is coming together really well. I feel I’m a better player this season as compared to last season.”

Kapur felt he need to improve his short game. “I’ve played this game for a long time now -- the less hair on my head says it all! -- and I know you can’t stay at the peak for 12 months. You have your peaks and troughs and the challenge is to keep the peaks more.

However, I feel I need to work on my short game because at the end of the day if you don’t hold the putts you lose. I’m striking the ball beautifully, it’s the short game that need some improvement,” added the Delhiite.

Nicollet, who will also be part of the pro-am event at the KGA on Saturday, said she if she loses her Ladies European Tour card, she will fight to regain it in the Q-School.

“I’m going to try for medical exemption since I was injured for four months. But it may be difficult. I’m looking forward for the Indian Open where I’m targetting a top-5 finish. If in case I don’t retain my card, then I will play the Q-School again.”

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