Shiv strives to repeat last year’s feat next year

Bangkok, Dec 24: This time last year, Shiv Kapur was the toast of the Volvo Masters of Asia. But Kapur finished with a five-over 77 to end at four-over 292 and in tied 36th at the 2006 Volvo Masters of Asia.

It was a disappointing finish at the very tournament, which a year ago had made him a superstar in Asian golf, but Kapur, ever the fighter, vowed to make it back next year for another crack at the Tour Championship.

Talking of his showing which was 24 shots worse than last year when he played exquisite golf to win his first Asian Tour tournament as a professional, Kapur said, "It was one of those days when the last place I wanted to be was on the golf course. Honestly, my game was not up to the mark this week."

Kapur, who hit into the water at the third and fourth holes, added, "it is disappointing to finish down the field when I was defending my first title. I had been looking forward to being in the hunt again.

"Despite that I have enjoyed the week -- it is not often you play badly and say you enjoyed the week but Volvo made me feel very special, which was nice."

Kapur said he would regroup during three-week off in India before starting his campaign on the European Tour at the Johannesburg Open in South Africa in early January.

"My goals for 2007 are sort of similar to this year," he said.

"I would like to win an event in Europe, finish in the top 60 to get into the season-ending Volvo Masters in Spain and break into the top 100 in the world. To meet those goals I will have to play well, which is obviously something I want to do."

Kapur said he would play 10 or 11 events in Asia next season and was confident of finishing in the top 60 on the Asian Tour's UBS Order of Merit and making it back to Thai Country Club for the Volvo Masters of Asia.

"I like this golf course and if I had played to the same standard as last year I would have done okay. It really suits my game and I will be back next year for another shot at the title."

Bureau Report

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