India’s Shiv Kapur will be counting on home advantage to steer him to a win at his national Open when he tees off for the Hero Indian Open on Thursday.
The 27-year-old Kapur has been suffering a dip in form where he has missed two cuts in his last four starts. However, he remains optimistic that the US$1.75million event will be his springboard to success.
Kapur still remembers fondly how he used to carry the score boards for Asian Tour veterans, Arjun Atwal and Jeev Milkha Singh when he was still a kid.
Like how he used to admire their lofty positions on the leaderboard then, Kapur now a four-time Asian Tour winner, hopes he can see his name in that same position when the Hero Indian Open gets underway.
“Winning this would be the biggest win of my career,” Kapur said.
RIGHT: Kapur says winning the Indian Open would be the biggest victory of his career. PHOTO: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images.
“If and when it happens. The Asian Games I have always said was the biggest win of my career even though I have had wins on the Asian Tour since then. But to win a national Open is huge, I have been dreaming of it since I was a little kid.”
Jazz Janewattananond of Thailand, coming off two top-five finishes in a row, will be riding on his superb form ahead of the event which enters its 55th edition on the Asian Tour this week.
The 23-year-old Thai has mapped out a more conservative strategy in his attempt to fulfil his personal goal of making the cut at the Hero Indian Open.
Kapur and Jazz will have their title ambitions put to the test by Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, South Africa’s Brandon Stone and England’s Aaron Rai, a recent winner in Hong Kong last November.
Sam Brazel, David Gleeson, Scott Hend, Min Woo Lee, Zach Murray, Daniel Nisbet, Jason Norris and Wade Ormsby make up the Australian contingent at DLC Golf and Country Club.