I can't wait to play at Hero Open: Shiv Kapur

Shiv Kapur. (Supplied photo)
Shiv Kapur. (Supplied photo)

Dubai - My playing schedule over the last year and a half has been a nightmare



By Shiv Kapur/Fairway Views

Published: Wed 4 Aug 2021, 12:26 AM

Last updated: Wed 4 Aug 2021, 12:42 AM

It is great to be returning to competitive golf this week at the European Tour’s Hero Open that takes place over the Torrance Course at Fairmont St Andrews, Scotland, starting on Thursday and finishing on Sunday.

I am now number 728 in the OWGR.

My playing schedule over the last year and a half has been a nightmare. That has been the case for so many other professional golfers and professional sportsmen and women.

Our livelihoods have recently been almost taken away from us all by Covid-19. It is new ground for us all now.

It is just a relief that I have kept myself busy with some projects and enjoying some family time.

It is a very unusual experience not to be travelling to play in golf tournaments. It is really all we know most about as tournament pros.

My last tournament was in May and apart from this outing a couple of months ago, I have hardly played any tournament golf.

I have tried to keep practising, but it is never easy without having a tournament target and schedule to plan for.

My game is in decent shape and I have spent the last 10 days practising in Switzerland to get ready for this week in Scotland and the remaining events on the UK swing.

I am feeling confident and upbeat with my preparation. To be honest all golfers have had the same challenges and we will all be somewhat rusty.

Hero has been my longest-standing sponsor and it gives me great pride to see them as the title sponsor of the tournament in St Andrews.

This is the first time I am competing on the Torrance Course at the Fairmont and my early impressions of the course are fantastic, the condition of the golf course is immaculate. But, as we all know, especially in this part of the world, the weather and wind conditions, like always, will play a big role in how tough the course will play.

This week is the start of a string of events for me over the coming weeks in Europe and I can't wait to restart my tournament season.

Dubai resident Shiv Kapur is an Indian professional golfer

Fairwayviewskt@gmail.com

INTERNATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENTS THIS WEEK

PGA Tour www.PGATour.com

World Golf Championships – FedEx St Jude Invitational

August 5-8

Venue: TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN, US

Purse: $10.5 million

Barracuda Championship

August 5-8

Venue: Tahoe Mt. Club (Old Greenwood), Truckee, CA, US

Purse: $3.5 million

European Tour www.europeantour.com

See WGC event above

August 5-8

HERO Open 2021

Venue: Fairmont St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Purse: €1.25 million

LPGA Tour www.lpga.com

August 5-8

Women’s Olympic Golf

Venue: Kasumigaseki CC, Kawagoe, Saitama, Japan

Purse: N/A.

Ladies European Tour www.ladieseuropeantour.com

August 5-7

ARAMCO Team Series – Sotogrande

Venue: La Reserva Club de Sotogrande, Spain

Purse: $1 million

Challenge Tour www.europeantour.com

August 5-8

Vierumaki Finnish Challenge 2021

Venue: Vierumaki Resort, Vierumaki, Finland

Purse: €200,000

Others

August 3-6

Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship www.britishpar3.com

Venue: Cromwell Course, Nailcote Hall, Warwickshire, England.

Purse: €150,000


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