Shiv Kapur shoots two-under 70 at Dunhill Links golf
Indian pro Shiv Kapur shot a two-under-par 70 to be tied 33rd on day one of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, here.
St. Andrews, Scotland: Indian pro Shiv Kapur shot a two-under-par 70 to be tied 33rd on day one of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, here.
The Delhi-born golfer was six shots off the lead in a tournament that is played on three different courses.
The other Indian pro in the field, Jeev Milkha Singh shot 76 and he is playing with John Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Arkansas-based American food giant Tyson Foods.
Kapur playing at St. Andrews on first day, was one-over for first 10 holes after starting on tenth. He birdied second, third and eagled fifth before dropping a shot on eighth.
England's Oliver Wilson took the first round lead for the second straight year as he shot 64 at Carnoustie.
Kapur said: "I had a decent start today although I'm disappointed I didn't take advantage of the good conditions this morning. The wind picked up later in the day which made the last nine holes tricky.
"I've played in this tournament for many years, last year was the first I had to miss. I always make sure I block it out in my calendar at the beginning of each year. The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship provides an opportunity to play across three of the best courses in the world, and I love the pro-am format too. Even if I don't have a successful tournament, I always enjoy myself."
Kapur is playing with Dilip Thomas, an Indian industrialist. He added: "I have been friends with Dilip for over 20 years. He has known me throughout my days as a junior and amateur golfer, so it is always great fun playing with him."
He then said, "Tomorrow (second round) I am off to Carnoustie, my favourite of the three courses."
Among the celebrity amateurs playing are film and TV stars Hugh Grant, Jamie Dornan, Damian Lewis, Bill Murray, Greg Kinnear and Kyle MacLachlan, rock legends Don Felder, Huey Lewis and Tico Torres and many great sporting idols including Sir Bobby Charlton, Johan Cruyff, Sir Ian Botham, Shane Warne, Brian O'Driscoll, Sir Steve Redgrave, Tim Henman and Damon Hill.
Three-time Major Champion and double Dunhill Links Champion Padraig Harrington and fellow Irishman Shane Lowry are two strokes off the lead after rounds of 66 at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns respectively, while the four European Ryder Cup heroes from Gleneagles in the field enjoyed mixed fortunes at Carnoustie in the unique pro-am competition.
Stephen Gallacher made the best start of the Gleneagles stars with a four under 68. Victor Dubuisson posted a 71 while World Number One Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer struggled to respective scores of 73 and 74.