Kapur signs off in Tied 29th at ISPS Handa Perth International

Shiv Kapur of India tees off on the 9th hole during day one of the 2016 Perth International at Lake Karrinyup GC in Perth, Australia.   -  Getty Images

Shiv Kapur ended the week with yet another roller-coaster round to finish tied 29th at the ISPS Handa Perth International, but promised to be back for the Hero Indian Open and Thailand Classic, as he felt his game was coming into the right kind of shape.

Kapur fought back from three bogeys in first six holes for an even par 72, while compatriot Himmat Rai (69) finished Tied-36th.

Kapur once again started with three bogeys only to make up for it later. But the Indian was unable to force the pace needed to get into Top-10. Similarly Himmat Rai had a nice little birdie run from 10th to 13th, but gave away a couple of bogeys. Gaganjeet Bhullar (72) was Tied-52nd and Chiragh Kumar (75) was Tied-71st.

South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, who was making his first ever professional appearance in Australia, proved unstoppable when he closed with a final round one-under 71 and clinched the title.

Despite the spirited challenges from France’s Alexander Levy and Australia’s Jason Scrivener, Oosthuizen kept his composure to win the AUD 1.75 million event by one shot at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club.

Kapur said, “Rollercoaster is the best word to describe the week. I had a good start where I started with a six-under and I ended the week with a six-under total. I proud of how I fought back considering the start I had today. There have been lots of positives in the game. I think the long game is pretty good but feeling a little disappointed over the weekend as I didn’t hole any putts. I started off with a three-putt in the first and second holes today.

“There are two big weeks coming up. The Indian Open and Thailand where I hope my game will be peaking for them. Knowing the greens back at Delhi Golf Club should help a bit.

“I’m happy with the way I’ve been driving the ball. I missed only two or three fairways over the weekend and that’s a big positive on a course like this. I’m going to take the week off, try to get the shoulder 100 per cent and come back fighting in Thailand.”

Himmat said, “I absolutely love playing in Australia and it’s nice to be back here. I’ve never played on a track like this before. It was hard and fast and demanded a lot of different kind of shots. I hit the ball very well in patches and if my putting was better, I would have finished higher up. Overall I’m very pleased with how my week has ended in Perth.”

Levy signed off with a 66 to take second place while Scrivener took the outright third position with his 274 total. Singapore’s Mardan Mamat emerged as the leading player from the Asian Tour after he carded a 71 to take sole possession of eighth place with his 278 total.

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