Shiv Kapur keen to win inaugural Indian golf league

Updated: 07 February 2013 18:12 IST

After a prolonged lean phase, Kapur, who is representing Maharashtra 59ers in the GPL, recently notched up his second successive title, winning the third edition of the Gujarat Kensville Challenge golf by two strokes.

Shiv Kapur keen to win inaugural Indian golf league

Pune:

After more than half a dozen years in the wilderness, Indian golfer Shiv Kapur is suddenly going through a purple patch of sorts winning two successive titles, and is hungry for more.

Kapur now wants to make it three in a row, by clinching the inaugural edition of the Golf Premier League, which started amid much fanfare in Pune on Thursday.

The brainchild behind the concept of GPL along with Neeraj Sareen, Kapur, one of India's finest golfers, sported that cherubic smile though the opening day's proceedings at the picturesque Aamby valley City Golf Course here.

When the 30-year-old was asked how keen was he to win the first-of-its franchise-based day/night tournament, pat came the reply: "I know it won't be done, but I don't mind winning it despite being the host."

And about the format, which has become shorter and flashier with the advent of night golf, Kapur said, "The shorter format of golf that is played at night will have more entertainment quotient."

After a prolonged lean phase, Kapur, who is representing Maharashtra 59ers in the GPL, recently notched up his second successive title, winning the third edition of the Gujarat Kensville Challenge golf by two strokes.

Going into the final round with a lead of four shots, Kapur suffered an early wobble before steadying himself to bring home a card of one-under 71 to set a tournament record total of 14-under 274 here.

Before that, he had won the Shubhkamna golf tournament in Noida.

Another Indian, Rahil Gangjee, who is representing Delhi Darts, felt that the league will provide the country's young opportunity to learn from the experienced golfers competing in the event.

"This is very exciting and challenging. If we have someone like Johan (Edfors from Australia) in our team, he is a worldwide figure, the value of the other players will go up," Gangjee said.

After participating for two years, Gangjee said that he will not be competing in the web.com tour in the US any more as that is very "expensive".

"We have to pay USD 3000 a week and have to take care of everything including travel, stay, food, my coach, caddie."

He, instead, will now focus on the Asian Tour and co-sanctioned European events as those would help in "improving the rankings".

"Look at Gaganjeet (Bhullar) and Anirban (Lahiri)," he said.

Topics : Golf Shiv Kapur
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