The Open 2013

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Shiv Kapur enjoyed leading the Open after birdies at six of his first seven holes

Last Updated: 19/07/13 10:40am

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Shiv Kapur: Six birdies in first seven holes

Shiv Kapur: Six birdies in first seven holes

Shiv Kapur admitted he was "in dreamland" after making a sensational start to his second Open Championship appearance.

The unheralded Indian, whose lone Asian Tour victory was in 2005, stormed to the top of the Muirfield leaderboard when he birdied six of the first seven holes in a remarkable outward 30.

His momentum stalled when he got into trouble at the 10th and double-bogeyed, and he dropped another shot at 14 amid a series of scrambled pars in the toughest conditions of the day.

Kapur, who missed the cut on his only previous Open appearance in 2006, managed to negotiate the final four holes in level par to sign for a 68 - leaving him just two shots behind leader Zach Johnson.

"I got off to a dream start," said the 31-year-old. "I birdied my first three and after that I just said keep doing what you're doing, do the basics right, hit fairways and greens.

"They were probably the fastest greens I've ever played in my life. They weren't green, they were white out there.

"The front nine was a bit special. I was in a bit of a trance there. I wasn't aware of my score. I tried to make every birdie putt that comes my way because I know how tough this golf course can be.

"I guess if at the start of the day you'd said three under I would take it. Obviously when you're six under after nine you hope you can hold on on the back nine. All in all the way the course was playing, I don't think I could really complain.

"Nobody is expecting me to be up there. It's a funny name in the middle of all those sort of proven major winners and stuff.

"I've got nothing to lose. I'm going to go out there to fulfil my own expectations and my own goals. You go out there to play quietly. My playing partner told me that he was expecting a quiet afternoon until the cameras started following us!

"But it was nice to see my name up there. At least I can hold my head up high and say I led The Open Championship, the greatest tournament I think there is. And that's something I'll take a lot of pride in."

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