Shubhkamna Golf: Shiv Kapur ends 7-year title drought

Noida, Dec 23 (IANS) Shiv Kapur ended a seven-year drought with a masterly final round of seven-under 65 that saw him finish at 17-under and win the inaugural Shubhkamna Champions Tournament hosted by Jeev Milkha Singh.

Kapur, whose last win came in 2005 at the Volvo Masters of Asia, rounded off a string of top-5 and top-10 finishes on Asian Tour with a win by three strokes over his old friend and 'senior' Daniel Chopra, who was unable to celebrate his 39th birthday with a victory.

Kapur's final round 65 following rounds of 68 and 66 on the first two days saw him complete the three rounds in 17-under 199 and three ahead of Chopra (64, 68, 70) who was at 202. Gaganjeet Bhullar, the third player in the lead group shot 73 and ended the week at nine-under 207.

Mukesh Kumar (68, 71, 69) and Jyoti Randhawa (68, 73, 67) were fourth at 208, while Anirban Lahiri (76) dropped from overnight fourth to ninth at five-under 211. Arjun Atwal (70, 70, 72) was tenth and tournament host Jeev shot a final round of 76 and ended at tied 13th at even par 216.

"It feels absolutely great to end the year with a win considering it has been seven years since I won in Thailand in 2005. I have been close many times, but as they you need to close and I finally did it today," said Kapur, whose win was watched by his father, Ravi, and mother, Renu, who followed him through the final round.

"I have been happy with my game and even though I am going to take a break and be away from golf for a while, I can't wait to get back and start practice," added Kapur.

Jeev made a great gesture and said, "I am donating my entire prize money from this week to the young and unfortunate victim of the rape in Delhi. She is a brave girl and all my wishes and prayers are with her for her recovery. I hope this never, never happens to anyone ever."

On the tournament, he added: "I am very grateful to my sponsors, Shubhkamna, my friends and golfers who came out at this time of the year to play my event. We are hoping to making it even bigger next time and the sponsors will be backing me all the way."

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