Kapur cards 68, lies 13th in KLM OpenAugust 22nd, 2008 - 2:40 pm ICT by IANS
Zandvoort (Netherlands), Aug 22 (IANS) The lone Indian in the field, Shiv Kapur, handled the monsoon-like weather conditions quite well to card a two-under 68 and position himself in tied 13th place after the first round of the KLM Open on the European Tour.Kapur was four shots behind the leader Dutchman Rolf Muntz, who shot a six under 64 at the Kennemer Golf and Country Club Thursday. Kapur went onto the 10th tee box to start his round when it was raining, and it made scoring tough on some holes.
Kapur opened with a bogey but immediately recovered with a birdie on 11th and then landed an eagle on the par-5 12th, which made him two-under. Just when he seemed to have settled into his rhythm, he dropped three bogeys in a row before finding a consoling birdie on the 16th.
After the turn, Kapur birdied the second and the fifth and closed with four pars for a 68.
Muntz was the star of the opening round with a six under par 64. He was followed by Denmark’s Soren Hansen and England’s John Bickerton, who shot rounds of 65 each to share the second place.
Bickerton played flawless golf in his round of 65. The Englishman collected strokes at the third, fifth and sixth holes, before turning and gaining birdies at the 13th and 16th.
Hansen, who has struggled of late and World Number 12 Justin Rose, who had a bogey-free 67, took big strides towards securing their Ryder Cup places.