Shiv Kapur gains notice in British Open

In his eighth year as a professional on the Asian and European tours, Krannert alumnus Shiv Kapur (BSM ’04) is playing some of the best golf of his career.

After ending 2012 with a victory in the Shubhkamna Champions Tournament, Kapur opened 2013 with his first European Tour victory at the Gujarat Kensville Challenge and posted several top five finishes leading up to the 142nd British Open Championship in July at Scotland’s legendary Muirfield Golf Links.

Shiv Kapur

Shiv Kapur became the first Indian golfer to lead a major tournament with his first-round play in the British Open Championship in July. (Photo by Asian Tour)

Making only his second major-tournament appearance, Kapur surprised everyone by birdieing six of the first seven holes and leading the field after the opening nine. He finished the round with a 3-under par 68, just two strokes behind the first-day leader.

Kapur couldn’t match that performance on the second day but still made the cut while bigger-name players failed to advance. Even after falling out of contention on third day and finishing the tournament in 72nd position, he captured headlines and the attention of the golfing world by becoming the first Indian golfer to lead a major.

The son of stockbroker from New Delhi, Kapur chose to play golf at Purdue under coach Devon Brouse instead of attending Harvard as his parents had hoped. But he excelled both as a student at Krannert and as an NCAA golfer, earning All-America honors his senior year.

“We knew when he left here his best golf was still ahead of him,” his former coach told the Indianapolis Star following the Open Championship. “I’m not surprised when he does something like this,” said Brouse. “He’s a very talented player.”