New Delhi: Star Indian golfer Shiv Kapur has confirmed participation for the October 13 to 16 Hero Indian Open, aiming to better the top-10 finishes he has managed in the past by lifting the trophy at the Delhi Golf Course this year.
Kapur, third at the Indian Open last year, said winning the USD 1.25 million event would be a dream come true for him.
"I will take a win anywhere but getting it at the Delhi Golf Club will really be great and doing that at the Hero Indian Open would be the icing on the cake. I wanted to come back and play this year on my home turf," Kapur said.
"The Indian Open is one of the oldest events in the region and it has traditionally attracted a very strong field. These days the Indian challenge has been very strong in virtually all events in Asia and I am sure it will be intensely fought this year as well." added the golfer, who shared the third place with compatriot Manav Jaini last year.
On his own game, especially this year, Kapur said, "I feel my form has been good. I have been up on the leaderboard a few times like at Avantha, Dutch Open, the Morocco event and in Sweden.”
"My game is there but I have not been able to close the deal. I have not been able to finish it over the weekend. Hopefully I have learnt from my experience and come the Sunday of Hero Indian Open if I can do that it will be great."
The 29-year-old, marked out as one of the promising stars of Indian golf when he embarked on his pro career back in late 2004, has slid a bit but is confident getting back in the groove.
"I have missed a few Indian Opens but my record on the three occasions I have played has been fairly good. Twice I have been in top-10. I was third last year, so I have been quite close, though not managed to close it," he said.
Kapur was tied eighth in his maiden appearance at the Indian Open as a pro in 2005 and a year later he was tied 21st. He did not play in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Last year he was tied third.
Kapur broke through with a stunning win in the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia in 2005, which was his Rookie Year on Asian Tour.
"That was a very fast start. I won fairly early on Indian Tour and then in the first year on Asian Tour. That year towards the end of the season I had a string of top-10s in the last half a dozen events."
That success also had Kapur raising the bar for himself.
"I went over to the European Tour very early and though I have managed to keep my card there, sometimes just on the number. I have also come close to winning a few times, including losing a play-off.”
"Sometimes in golf, the gap between making it and not making it so small that one needs to stay focused and be patient," said Kapur, now in his seventh year on Asian Tour and the sixth on the European Tour.
World No. 53 Edoardo Molinari, a member of the Ryder Cup winning team and also a World Cup winner will headline the international starcast.
Also expected to contend and be in the thick of action is Thaworn Wiratchant, who has 12 Asian Tour titles against his name.