New Delhi, Sept 30: Asian Tour star Shiv Kapur today confirmed his participation at 1.25 million dollar Hero Indian Open gets underway at the Delhi Golf Club from October 13.

Kapur, third at the Indian Open last year, is looking forward to bettering his best finish at the event alongsideAsiaandIndia’s star-studded player field in the golf championship.

“I will take a win anywhere but getting it at the Delhi Golf Club will really be great and doing that at the Hero Indian Open would be the icing on the cake,” Kapur said.

“This is one of the oldest events in the region and it has traditionally attracted a very strong field. These days the Indian challenge has been very strong in virtually all events inAsiaand I am sure it will be intensely fought this year as well.” added the golfer, who shared the third place with yet another Indian, Manav Jaini.

The 29-year-old Kapur, marked out as one of the promising stars of Indian golf when he embarked on his pro career back in late 2004 adds.

“I have missed a few Indian Opens but my record on the three occasions I have played has been fairly good. Twice I have been in top-10. I was third last year, so I have been quite close, though not managed to close it,” said he.

Kapur was tied eighth in his maiden appearance at the Indian Open as a pro in 2005 and a year later he was tied 21st. He did not play in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Last year he tied third.

He broke through with a stunning win in the season-ending Volvo Masters of Asia in 2005, which was his Rookie Year on Asian Tour.

Commenting on the golfers competing at the tournament, Kapur said, “I would love to win that lovely trophy. But as I said any of the Indians (SSP Chowrasia, Gaganjeet Bhullar, Anirban Lahiri, Himmat Rai, etc) out there can do it.” “They are all winners this year. Add to them Jyoti Randhawa, who has won three times and the DGC is a favourite venue for him.

Edoardo Molinari and a few other international stars can strike it, too, like Rikard Karlberg did last year. But I would still put the Indians would be among the favourites.” World No. 53 Edoardo Molinari will be a star attraction of the event.

The Italian had a phenomenal 2010 season with two title wins on the European Tour – the Barclays Scottish Open and Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

Ranked 11th on the Race to Dubaiat the end of last season, Edoardo, 30, also played a part in taking Europeto victory in the Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort last year. Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg will also be on view as he attempts to defend his title. (UNI)



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