‘I hope experience gained on recent tours will come in handy’
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At the Chandigarh Golf Club, as Shiv Kapoor made his way to the greens, the 30-year-old golfer was approached by his first coach and mentor Simran Singh. With Scottish Open winner Jeev Milkha Singh's portrait occupying pride of place on a wall behind them, one of the first advice which Kapoor got from his coach was to play like the man in the portrait who had won the Scottish Open last month on a playoff, after bursting through the field in the last round.
On the other hand, the Delhi golfer was leading in the initial rounds in the French Open and German Open last month before finishing in the top-20 in these two tournaments, a thing which he says he needs to improve upon.
"This is one thing that I need to learn from Jeev. He brought the win out of nowhere in the Scottish Open. I was leading on the first day in the French Open but could not capitalise on the good start. But I had few good weeks. I was among top 20 in the German Open and have been scoring good rounds in the European tour," says Kapoor.
The last few weeks have seen Kapoor introducing Italian Marco Deliah as his caddy, and the golfer himself expects to put an improved performance in the coming Johnnie Walker Open and Swiss Open. Kapoor so far has only one win in his professional career which came in the form of Volvo Masters of Asia in 2005 and he wants to end the prolonged title drought.
"The last few weeks have seen me making some changes. While I have changed my caddy I have also been spending additional time at the range. I also hope that the experience gained in French as well as German open will come handy at the Johnnie Walker, Swiss and the Dutch Open," shared Kapoor.
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