Shiv Kapur will spearhead the group of Indian golfers at the upcoming Sarawak Golf Championships which will be held in Malaysia from Thursday. The other Indians in the fray include Rashid Khan, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Chiragh Kumar, Viraj Madappa, Khalin Joshi and Abhijit Chadh amongst others.
The Sarawak Golf Championships is set to commence from Thursday onwards in Malaysia and will see a host of Indian golfers take part in the tournament. 37-year-old veteran golfer Shiv Kapur will head the 17-man Indian golf contingent that will participate in the tournament.
Kapur, who is a three-time Asian Tour winner, has made only three cuts in nine starts this season. The Indian will be in contention for the top honours alongside 156 players from 22 countries at the USD 300,000 championship, as the competition is set to return the Asian Tour for its second edition.
"The two nine holes are very different to each, the mountain 9 and the Ocean 9. Putting will be key this week. The main challenges will be on the greens. The other challenge will also be when the wind gets up in the afternoon. Basically, it's going to be important to putt and chip well around these greens.
"The season has been disappointing to be honest. The tournaments that I used to play well in, I ended up not doing very well. I thought I found some early season form in Perth and New Zealand but I seemed to lose that magic a little after that. I have managed to reset and refocus on the things that I used to do. I'm looking forward to play almost every week in the second half," Kapur told PTI sources.
The other Indians in the competition include the likes of Rashid Khan, Ajeetesh Sandhu, Chiragh Kumar, Viraj Madappa and Khalin Joshi, S Chikkarangappa, Abhijit Chadha, Akshay Sharma, Aman Raj, Gaurav Pratap Singh, Honey Baisoya, Karandeep Kochhar, M Dharma, Udayan Mane and Veer Ahlawat.
Khalin, who won his first Asian Tour event at the Panasonic Open last year, will be hoping to capitalise on the opportunity presented to him in order to retain his card.
"It was nice to get into the bigger events, including some in Europe, after winning my first Asian Tour title. I haven't really capitalise on all the opportunities. I need to play well in the remainder of this season and try to keep my card. That will take away a lot of pressure," Khalin added