Kapur benefitting from meditation regimen

Learning to meditate seems to be paying off for India's Shiv Kapur as he prepares for the upcoming Ballantine's Championship in Korea.

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The talented Indian will head to Korea, sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and Korean Golf Tour, with his confidence sky high after finishing joint third at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters presented by PNTS on Sunday.

It was Kapur's best finish on the Asian Tour in nearly 18 months and his cheque of US$41,362 has pushed him up to 16th place on the latest Order of Merit, which is led by South African Jbe Kruger.

"I just want to build on this. This is a good stepping stone for me and hopefully I can carry the momentum," said Kapur.

After bursting on to the professional scene by securing a maiden Asian Tour victory in his rookie year in 2005, a second triumph has somehow proven to be elusive for the 30-year-old, who figured he was getting in his own way by being too anxious for more success.

Last month, he attended classes on meditation in Puna where amongst other things, he learned to meditate in complete darkness but with his eyes wide open, walked around with his eyes shut and practiced breathing exercises.

"I've been pushing too hard and I've come in my own way. So the whole concept of doing that (meditation) was to get out of my own way and let things happen rather than forcing them to happen," said Kapur.

"I've been playing well. I always have one round that has been letting me down. I haven't been finishing off tournaments. It is nice to string four rounds together (in Jakarta) and finish the way I did," added the Indian, who carded rounds of 68, 71, 70 and 67 for a 12-under-par 276 total.

Straight-hitting Kapur, who found 85% fairways at Royale Jakarta Golf Club last week, likes his chances at the Blackstone Resort where the finest golfers from around the world including Asia's first Major champion Y.E. Yang of Korea, reigning British Open winner Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland and Australian Adam Scott will converge for the €2.2 million (approximately US$3 million) tournament.

"I really like the golf course at Blackstone," said Kapur, who finished tied 24th in last year's event.

"I was up there after three rounds and I like it. It is undulating and you need to work a lot on the greens. It is sort of a course that suits my game. It demands accuracy and somebody that hits a lot of greens."

Kruger continues to lead the Merit rankings with US$437,519 followed by American rookie David Lipsky on US$202,696. Thai veteran Thaworn Wiratchant moved into sixth place thanks to his runner-up finish behind England's Lee Westwood. Wiratchant earned US$81,375 to raise his season's haul to US$110,942.

The fifth edition of the Ballantine's Championship will start on Thursday.



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