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Shiv draws inspiration from Big Freddie

Shiv Kapur, whose favourite sport on television is cricket, is drawing inspiration from England captain Andrew Flintoff as he attempts to qualify for the upcoming British Open.

india Updated: Apr 05, 2006 13:13 IST

Shiv Kapur, whose favourite sport on television is cricket, is drawing inspiration from England captain Andrew Flintoff as he attempts to qualify for the upcoming British Open.

Flintoff was recently compared to Rama  by British media for his inspirational role in the England team.

The Indian tees off at the Serapong Golf Club in Sentosa in the 36-hole British Open Championship International Final Qualifying for Asia on Thursday.

Kapur has a score to settle with the Sentosa Golf Club. The last time he played at this course he shot an 81 and a 71 in the two rounds of the Singapore Open and missed the cut.

But soon after that tournament, Kapur's fortunes changed and from a lowly ranking in the 80s, he rose inside top-10 in less than three months and before the season was over, he had won the Volvo Masters of Asia, emerged as the 'Rookie of the year' and finished fourth in the Asian Tour Merit list.

Kapur's confidence is soaring high and he is optimistic of a major debut. He has also found added spark from his meeting with Flintoff, who is with the visiting English cricket team taking on India.

"I picked on Andrew's brains on how he approached the big occasions and I like his style as he takes the challenges head-on. Andrew has a lot of self confidence and self belief," Kapur said.

"He's an all-rounder, he never shies away from a challenge or adversity and he likes responsibility.

"I want to be a leader as well, which is Andrew's attitude. It was great having the opportunity to spend time with him."