Taipei, April 30: India’s Shiv Kapur closed with a stunning eight-under-par 64 to win the Yeangder Heritage, while Malaysia’s Gavin Green continued his recent good form with a joint runner-up finish in the US$300,000 Asian Tour event.
The 35-year-old Kapur ended an 11-year and four-month title drought on the Asian Tour with a flawless closing round, raking up eight birdies to finish on 16-under-par at National Golf Country Club.
Green closed with a solid 67 for to share runner-up honours with Korea’s Yikeun Chang on 14-under-par, one shot ahead of Thailand’s Rattanon Wannasrichan.
“This win means a lot to me. Honestly it hasn’t sunk in yet because I’m still in a bit of a daze,” said Kapur, who birdied five of the last seven holes.
“It has been a frustrating last couple of years so it is nice to be back where I belong. There are so many good talents on the Asian Tour and it is getting harder and harder to win each year. To win the way I did is just very satisfying,” he added.
Despite missing out on his maiden Asian Tour title, Green noted that there was nothing to be disappointed about as he went bogey-free for the second consecutive round.
“I was bogey-free again so I cannot complain. I made a couple of big saves and holed some but Shiv (Kapur) played well. Hats off to him,” said the big-hitting 23-year-old.
“Experience has to play a huge part in Shiv’s win. All you can do is learn. Today, I said let’s give myself 18 looks for birdies and I did a good job. If I keep knocking on the door, sooner or later it will open. I will keep going, keep practising and hopefully I win a big one,” added Green, who chalked up his second runner-up finish on tour this year.
The two other Malaysians who made the cut, Danny Chia and Nicholas Fung, finished T19 (-6) and T22 (-5) respectively.
Results (Top 10 & ties):
272 – Shiv KAPUR (IND) 71-70-67-64
274 – Gavin GREEN (MAS) 71-70-66-67, Yikeun CHANG (KOR) 72-66-68-68
275 – Rattanon WANNASRICHAN (THA) 70-70-68-67
276 – Poom SAKSANSIN (THA) 72-69-67-68, Miguel TABUENA (PHI) 72-70-66-68
277 – Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 74-69-67-67, Javi COLOMO (ESP) 72-67-70-68, Jake HIGGINBOTTOM (AUS) 68-73-68-68, Natipong SRITHONG (THA) 71-67-70-69