This is the indian&’s first-ever cut at a major tournament
Muirfield (Scotland), 19 July
Shiv Kapur of India hopes to recreate his opening day magic after shooting a six-over-par 77 at the halfway stage of The Open Championship in Muirfield, Scotland. Like most top golfers in the elite field, Kapur struggled on a tough scoring day but took consolation when he made his first ever cut at a Major tournament, said a press release on Friday. Meanwhile. already the oldest winner in European Tour history, Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez today boosted his chances of becoming the oldest major champion as well in the 142nd Open Championship.
American Julius Boros has held that distinction since winning the US PGA Championship in 1968 aged 48, but 49-year-old Jimenez claimed the clubhouse lead at a fiery Muirfield thanks to a second round of 71.
Jimenez, who broke his leg in a skiing accident last December shortly after winning the Hong Kong Open aged 48 and 318 days, carded two birdies and two bogeys to finish three under par, one ahead of England’s Lee Westwood, world number one Tiger Woods and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson. Ranked fourth at the start of the day, he slipped back when he shot four-over in the opening six holes. He traded another two birdies against four bogeys for a three-over-par 145 total.
The Indian rued bad breaks as his ball was plugged in the bunker on the fourth hole and he uncharacteristically shanked his shot on 17.
"It was a tough start. This is not a golf course where you can fight and get a lot of shots back, it is more a question of hanging on. When you get off to a bad start, you are trying to hang on because there are not too many birdie opportunities," said Kapur.
"I thought I did a pretty good job after the bad start but unfortunately I had that dreaded ‘S’ word on the 17th hole. I had a wedge in there but shanked my shot. I did well to make bogey.
"I managed to keep big numbers off my card. I made a bunch of bogeys but at least I kept it down. My ball was plugged on the fourth hole. When I tried to play it to the left, the ball hit the lip, came back down and plugged even further in the bunker. I’m happy I made up-and-down for bogey when it could have been worst," he reflected. Despite moving backwards on the leaderboard, Kapur, who is ranked 13th on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, gave himself a pat on the back for making his first cut in his second appearance at The Open since 2006.