Early error derails Kapur’s title bid, ends fifth

Shiv Kapur, who held a one-shot lead after 54 holes, ended at eight-under 276, while Yuta Ikeda of Japan rallied from behind with a masterful front-nine to shoot six-under 65 and win the Championship by three shots.

Shiv Kapur is next headed to Morocco for Trophee Hassan and then to Mauritius.   -  Getty Images

An early double bogey derailed Shiv Kapur’s hopes of ending an 11-year-long title drought on the Asian Tour as he ended tied fifth with a one-over 72 in the final round of the Panasonic Open Golf Championship here today.

Kapur, who held a one-shot lead after 54 holes, ended at eight-under 276, while Yuta Ikeda of Japan rallied from behind with a masterful front-nine to shoot six-under 65 and win the Championship by three shots. He finished at 13-under 271.

“I am obviously disappointed at not winning. I got off to a steady start but made one bad swing on five. I hit it left then tried to hit a shot out of the trees but it hit a tree and went further into the bush and that compounded that error,” Kapur said.

He had another dropped shot on 11th and despite birdies on 14th and 18th, he could not get back into contention.

“After that I was just playing catch-up and birdie did not happen,” he said. “Still I feel I am headed in the right direction. I was Top-10 at the Hero Indian Open and now a Top-5, so I am hoping things will soon fall in place."

“It was one of those days where nothing happened for me. I was just trying to grind out the scores and make something happen. I’m obviously disappointed not to play better in the final round but I’m also proud with the fact that I came back, fought hard and made a couple of birdies in my last four holes,” he added.

Kapur is next headed to Morocco for Trophee Hassan and then to Mauritius.

The other two Indians in fray, Rahil Gangjee (69-73-73-70) and Jeev Milkha Singh (74-70-69-77) ended tied 42nd and tied 74th respectively.

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