Kapur finishes 2nd qualifies, joins Lahiri at US Open
Shiv Kapur grabbed a spot in the US Open for the second year running through the International Sectional Qualifiers at Walton Heath, here on Tuesday.
Playing two rounds on the same day, Kapur totalled 10-under 134 for to finish one shot behind medallist Alexander Levy of France, who earned his a debut appearance at the US Open. He shot 67-67 in the two rounds.
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In the first round played in the morning, Kapur had four birdies and two bogeys on front nine and then birdied times 13th, 15th and 16th on back nine for a 67.
In the afternoon round, he was flawless as he birdied third and eighth and birdied the same holes as <g data-gr-id="30">morning</g> for another 67.
Kapur will join his friend and colleague Anirban Lahiri in the second Major of the year a Chambers Bay from June 18 to 21. This will be Kapur?s fourth appearance in a Major and he has come through a qualifier each time.
He has twice played at British Open (Hoylake 2006 and Muirfield 2013) after gaining spots in qualifiers and for US Open in 2014 (Pinehurst) and now 2015 in Chambers Bay.
Kapur was ecstatic with his performance, saying,”That’s two years in a row now I’ve qualified from here (for US Open) so it is my happy hunting ground. I had a decent showing at Pinehurst last year (tied 23rd) so hopefully I can do even better this year. This afternoon I was blemish <g data-gr-id="38">free ?</g> five birdies, no bogeys, so I’m very pleased.”
He added,”Last year, was the coolest event I’ve played. I got cheered around all the way and coming up 18, I remember finishing with a birdie and it was the biggest cheer I’ve ever heard, so the US Open is really, really cool. At the end of the day, we play the sport to play the Majors and compete against the best, so it is a dream come true.”