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Shiv Kapur set to make the cut at British Open

July 19, 2013 22:06 IST

After a stunning start in the tournament, ace Indian golfer Shiv Kapur found the going tough as he returned with eight bogeys and two birdies in the second round but still is set to make the cut in the 142nd Open Championships in Muirfield, Scotland, on Friday.

- Photos: Shiv Kapur tied fourth on Day 1

Kapur returned for a six-over 77 in the second round, and at three-over for two rounds he is expected to stay for the weekend. He will be somewhere in the upper half of the pack after the cut is made.

He was tied for 39th after his round and the cut looked likely at five or six-over.

Shiv Kapur at the British Open in FridayKapur will become only the fourth Indian after Jyoti Randhawa (2004), Anirban Lahiri (2012) and Jeev Milkha Singh (2012) to make the cut at the British Open. Only Jeev has made the cut at the other three Majors, too.

Kapur, who had stunned the golfing world with six birdies in first seven holes, saw the other side, the cruel one of the Majors, as he was four-over after six.

"Today the wind was totally opposite. So when you're standing on the tees you're trying go to figure out -- it's a lot of guesswork," he said.

"For example on the ninth hole today I've hit 3-iron off the tee. I've hit 3-iron, 6-iron. And yesterday I've hit driver, 2-iron, 8-iron, you know. So it's completely a different golf course," said Kapur of the conditions.

Yet, instead of simply melting down as many do, Kapur just hung on grimly.

He managed birdies on ninth and 12th, but also gave away bogeys on 10th and 13th.

But, he was still four-over for the day and one-over for the tournament, when he came to the par-five 17th, but a bogey-bogey finish set him back.

"When you get off to a bad start, you're just trying to hang on, because there's not too many birdie opportunities, so to speak, on the back nine, even though the holes playing into the wind played downwind," he said.

The morning belonged to Lee Westwood, who at one stage was six-under for the day and at five-under for the tournament, he shared the top spot on the leaderboard.

But Muirfield struck back at him with three bogeys in last six holes, but he was still up in top-5.

The 40-year-old had raced to the turn in 31 thanks to birdies at the first, second, fifth, eighth and ninth, before another birdie on the 12th briefly took him into a share of the lead with Zach Johnson on five under par.

Image: Shiv Kapur at the British Open on Friday

Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

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