Shiv Kapur raring to defend his crown

Notwithstanding his ordinary form this season, Shiv Kapur will use all his knowledge of the Delhi Golf Club course to defend the title.

Shiv Kapur Royal Cup 2018 Pattaya

A three-time winner last season, Kapur couldn’t pin-point the causes for his poor form in 2018. (File Picture)   -  AFP

Shiv Kapur is back on his home course. Notwithstanding his ordinary form this season, he will use all his knowledge of the Delhi Golf Club course to defend the title in the $400,000 Panasonic Open beginning on Thursday.

A three-time winner last season, Kapur couldn’t pin-point the causes for his poor form in 2018. “You kind of need to keep your expectations in check, like what I have said at the end of last year. You come off a great season where you have won three times and it’s never easy to back that up with more wins. I think I didn’t plan my schedule well enough. I didn’t have much time to rest in between the two seasons. It was a bit of a burnt out then,” he said.

Striking an optimistic note, Kapur said, “Overall, I feel like my game is picking up again. I am excited to finish my season well, starting from this week. I am in a decent position on the Merit rankings so a good push for a win will help me end the season strong.”

On what worked for him last year on this course, Kapur revealed, “In the past, I have always had the mindset to play defensive or to play smart whenever I play on my home course. But last year, I told myself to just play naturally like how it would be when I play with my friends and that kind of worked for me. I putted well last year and I think that was the key as well.”