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Panasonic Open 2017: Emotions reign supreme as Kapur earns his first Asian Tour title on home turf

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Posted by Admin 05 Nov 2017

The last day at the Panasonic Open 2017 saw Delhi Golf Club bursting at its seams. The energy emanating from it was unmatchable and it only hit a crescendo as India’s Shiv Kapur clinched his maiden Asian Tour title on the home turf.

 

Shiv Kapur wins Panasonic Open 2017

 

                                             The Delhi Golf Club (DGC) is Shiv Kapur’s home course

 

 

Moments after realising his lifelong dream of clinching a title at his home course, an emotional Shiv Kapur said he is lost for words and this win will take some time to sink in.

 

Kapur carded a four-under 68 in the final round to notch up a three-stroke win at the Panasonic Open India on Sunday.

 

"It's an amazing feeling. This victory has not really sunk in yet but when I was walking down the 18th, I was really trying to hold back the emotions. I am lost for words, you dream about winning, you plan things but I never got that far in my career so I never really prepared a speech in my life," Kapur said.

 

The title race was evenly poised at the turn with only a single shot separating the leaders at the top of the leaderboard. But it was Kapur who eventually broke away from the chasing pack when he fired four birdies on holes 11, 12, 14 and 15 to sign off with a winning total of 17-under-par 271.

 

American Paul Peterson's chase for his first Asian Tour title fell short after he marked his card with three birdies and two bogeys to fall off the pace.

 

Peterson had to settle for a share of second place with six other players that included compatriots S.S.P. Chawrasia and Ajeetesh Sandhu at the US$400,000 event.

 

Ajeetesh sandhu

 

                                   Sandhu went on to secure a play-off win on the Japan Challenge Tour

 

The Panasonic Open India is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and is the second leg of the Panasonic Swing, which is an aggregate points race that spans five events – in Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan.

 

Did you know?

 

  • The Delhi Golf Club (DGC) is Shiv Kapur’s home course and his Panasonic Open India victory is his first as a professional at DGC.
  • With his win, Kapur moved to the top of the Panasonic Swing, which is an aggregate points race that spans five events – in Thailand, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan and where Asian Tour players have an opportunity to shoot for a share of the lucrative bonus pool.
  • With Kapur’s victory this week, Australia’s Wade Ormsby remains the only international player to have won the Panasonic Open India in 2013.
  • Indians continue to dominate the leaderboard with only Paul Peterson of the United States breaking into the top-10.
  • With his Panasonic Open India finish, Ajeetesh Sandhu has enjoyed another tied-second finish since his breakthrough at the Yeangder Tournament Players Championship in Chinese Taipei last month.
  • Sandhu went on to secure a play-off win on the Japan Challenge Tour immediately after his victory in Chinese Taipei and finished runner-up in Macao last month.

 

Day 1: Ajeetesh Sandhu steals spotlight at Panasonic Open 2017

Day 2: Paul Peterson eases past India's ace Golfers to lead at Panasonic Open 2017

Day 3: Shiv Kapur bounces back to share lead with Peterson at Panasonic Open 2017

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