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Shiv seeks to end wait

Calcutta: Fresh from a top-10 finish at the Macau Open last week, Shiv Kapur is now hoping to end his seven-year title drought at the Hero Indian Open, which he hails as the fifth ‘Major’ in his career.

Kapur is in fine form ahead of the $ 1.25 million Asian Tour event as he finished fifth in Macau last week and is currently 10th on the Order of Merit.

“As a kid growing up, my dream was always to win my national open. Every golfer wants to win their national open as it is a fifth Major for them,” said Kapur, whose sole Asian Tour victory was in 2005 in Thailand.

“I think my consistency is better and I’m getting closer to winning. I’m disappointed Im not able to win more. That plays on my mind but you realize you have to be patient,” added Kapur, who has three top-five finishes on the Asian Tour this season.

For Bangalore-based Anirban Lahiri and C Muniyappa, the 2009 Indian Open winner, it is a great feeling to be playing the National Open at ‘home’.

Lahiri said, “It will be nice to sleep on one’s own bed and be here in the morning for the tee off. I have never done that before at an Asian Tour event, so it will be nice.”

“The course is looking great and it is going to see some excellent golf. The idea of having the Indian Open at various venues is really great as it takes the sport further,” added Lahiri, who has two Asian Tour titles.

Muniyappa is making a comeback from a back injury which left him out of the game for the whole of the 2011 Asian Tour season. “My L4 and L5 disc were bulging and it was compressing the side of my back. The pain went to my legs as well.