Indian golfer Shiv Kapur’s persistence paid off as he shot a sensational seven-under 65, his best scorecard of the year, on the first day of the Open D’Italia to lie tied second in Milan yesterday. The other two Indians in the field also had a fine start with Jeev Milkha Singh scoring four-under 68 to be tied 22nd and SSP Chawrasia had a 69 and was placed tied 37th in the same tournament. On the other hand, Anirban Lahiri made a slow start in the first round of the Small Business Connection Championship, the second of four Webc.om Tour final events at River Run, Davidson, USA.
The 33-year-old Kapur, a regular on the European Tour for nearly a decade is still looking for his maiden win, was two-under for the front nine, before he went on the overdrive on the journey home with five birdies, including four in a row on the trot from 12th to the 15th and a fifth on 18th. He had birdies on first, fourth and sixth and his only lapse of the day was a bogey on par-3 seventh. It was his best round of the season. It’s been a while since he posted a number like that. It’s great to get off to a good start, but it is still too early and there is so much more of the tournament left. Kapur has two titles on European Challenge Tour but none on the main Tour.
Jeev Mika Singh had two birdies and a bogey on front nine and he played well with four birdies, including three in last five holes, to close with a 68. SSP Chowrasia had a 69 and was placed tied 37th He was playing fine, but putting needs to fall in place.
In the second of four Webc.om Tour final events at River Run, Davidson, USA, Lahiri had a decent start before lapsing into a rough patch with three bogeys in four holes between the fifth and eighth holes.
A steady back nine was closed with a birdie on 18th and at even par 72, he was tied 71st with top-70 due to make the cut. Lahiri’s driving off the tee was once again off as he managed only 50 percent fairways and needed 32 putts, and found two-thirds of the greens in regulation. He continues to be well-placed in the race to grab one of the 25 all-important PGA Tour cards for 2016 as he is fifth in the separate money list of the Four-event Final Series.