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Kapur let down by poor start

Hong Kong: A poor front nine spoilt Shiv Kapur’s chances of finishing inside the top five as he carded his week’s worst of two-over 72 to end tied 12th but Daniel Chopra returned a steady 70 to hold on to his overnight tied seventh position in the $2.25m Hong Kong Open here on Sunday.

Kapur, who was tied third on Saturday, signed off with a total of nine-under 271. Chopra, on the other hand, finished a stroke above Kapur at the par-70 Hong Kong Golf Club.

Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez turned in a fine three-under 67, which also included a 13th hole eagle, to claim the title by one stroke.

Jimenez, who was second after the penultimate round, totalled 15-under 265 to finish ahead of Korean K. J. Choi (67), Thai Thongchai Jaidee (65) and overnight leader Swede Robert Karlsson, who turned in a poor two-over 72.

Among other Indians in the fray, Calcutta pro S. S. P. Chowrasia improved to tied 32nd spot after a final-round 70 to finish with a total of four-under 276.

Rahil Gangjee had a disappointing day as he carded a five-over 75 to end with a total of three-over 283. Gangjee’s nightmarish round comprised three double bogeys and a bogey against three birdies. (PTI)

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