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Shiv Kapur lands in China eyeing rare glory

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Beijing, Apr 11 (UNI) Shiv Kapur will tee off in the 1.8 million dollar Volvo China Open this week in his bid to become the first player to hold two of Asia's most prestigious titles at the same time.

Winner of the Volvo Masters of Asia in Bangkok last December, Shiv will be swinging for glory when the tournament gets underway at the Honghua International Golf Club on Thursday.

Already hailed as a brilliant prospect, the 24-year-old Indian seemed ready for international fame when he qualified for his maiden British Open appearance in July at the qualifying round in Singapore last week.

Shiv played here on a sponsor's invite last November and contended on the final day before faltering down the stretch.

The Indian looked eager to settle the score this time.

''To be honest I can't recall it and I don't want to recall it. Six months down the road, my game has changed a lot and I think I've learned a lot.'' ''Patience is a very big part of it and that was my first burst onto the big scene, being in contention for the first time in a co-sanctioned event. I learned some of the mental things that you need to do and also how to pace yourself. A lot of times, you think you have to do more than you actually need to do,'' he explained.

Shiv also said that he was looking for success on the European Tour.

''I like my chances in Asia obviously but the way my game is, I like my chances in Europe as well. I'm in no hurry to win, I like to win soon but I'm just going to try and enjoy it. If I keep playing well, I'm sure it'll come around,'' he said.

He is also unperturbed by the snow forecast and said, ''I don't mind it. I played four years of college golf in the US and it kind of snowed every spring and I know what it is like playing in the cold weather. You have to be mentally strong and tough in these conditions. I think it plays into my hands a little bit more. It becomes a test of patience out there and it'll be a good test for me.'' UNI XC AY PDS GC1523

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