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Shock defeat for Kapur in Thailand
November 06, 2005 18:42 IST
India's Shiv Kapur lost the play-off and the title to an amateur Chinarat Phadungsil in a shocking finish at the US $300,000 Double A International at the St. Andrews Hill Golf Club in Rayong, Thailand on Sunday.
The Indian golfer, who led by one shot at the start of the 18th hole on the final day, needed only a par on the closing hole to win the title.
But he bogeyed it for a one-under 72 and tied with Chinarat who then won on the second play-off on the 18th hole.
Despite the loss, Kapur got the winner's cheque of US $47,250. But what he lost out was a place in the lucrative US $5 million HSBC tournament and a two-year exemption on the Asian Tour.
This was Kapur's best finish of his career and also his fifth top-10 finish in the last six starts. His earnings crossed the US $100,000 mark and came to just under US $115,000.
Four Indians finished in the top-10 with Harmeet Kahlon tied for fourth, Amandeep Johl sole eighth and Rahil Gangjee tied for ninth. Gaurav Ghei ended tied 12th and Digvijay Singh was tied 18th, making it six Indians in the top-20.