My good form gives me better chance to win Indian Open: Shiv

PTI| Updated: Nov 05, 2013, 19:26 PM IST

New Delhi: After returning to the European Tour with a win at Dubai City Challenge last week, Shiv Kapur has now set his eyes on the 50th edition of Hero Indian Open that gets underway at the Delhi Golf Club from Thursday.

Shiv said it was satisfying to win the European Challenge Tour Grand Final but it also left him drained. He would look to pull himself up and hoped his "good form" will give him a "better chance" to clinch the prestigious title.

"It was a satisfying win. Playing three tours, juggling between events and finally winning in the end is satisfying. But mentally it was straining. I got tired but coming into the tournament with a victory boosts the confidence," Shiv told reporters here.

"I need to get my energy up this week. For the last few years, I have been telling you guys how much I want to win this tournament, how it is the fifth major and it still remains a dream to win the Indian Open.

"It is happening in DGC this year and the fact that it is the 50th year, makes it more special and knowing that you are coming into the event playing close to your best also gives me a better chance this year," added the Delhi golfer who had won the Volvo Masters of Asia in 2005.

The 31-year-old has won three titles in the last 10 months -- Shubhkamna Champions in December, Gujarat Kensville Challenge in February, and Dubai Festival City Challenge Tour Grand Final last week -- and Shiv said probably it was the experience which comes with age.

"I think I am getting better with age. I am more patient now. I have handled situation better in the last one year and I have learnt to accept things better. It is hard because, there are weeks when you play well but still not win. I was playing well in Foshan City in China but didn`t play well on the last day," he said.

Asked about the highlights of the season for him, Shiv said: "I wanted to get my European Tour card early in the season and to get it last weel is one of the highlights, leading the Open on day one was also a highlight and I hope I can get infront of you guys on Sunday and say this event too was one of the highlights."

Shiv said he has been working on his short game for sometime.

"I have been working on my short game and in the last two or three weeks, I have turned a corner in putting. What separates a good player to a really good one is putting. I am working on it and hope to get better," said the Indian who has been working with Alberto Binaghi and Jamie Gough to improve his short game and swing.