Atwal lying 35th in Players Cup golf

July 11th, 2008 - 2:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Bridgeport (Connecticut), July 11 (IANS) Finding the fairways with unerring accuracy, Indian golfer Arjun Atwal finished with a hat-trick of birdies on his last three holes for a two-under 70 in the first round of the million dollar Nationwide Tour Players Cup. Atwal Thursday may well have been much better off but for a double bogey on the 18th and two other bogeys on the front nine, which was his second nine. Atwal is lying 35th and is looking for a good finish which will see him climb from the current 21st position on Money List to ensure a full Professional Golfer’s Association (PGA) card next year.

He started with a string of seven pars before his first birdie on 17th, but a double on 18th saw him turn in one over. He birdied the first and then gave away shots on third and sixth, but a birdie on fifth and then three straight birdies from seventh to ninth gave him a great finish.

Rick Price shot an eight-under 64 missing just one fairway to take the lead at the Pete Dye Golf Club. He was two ahead of Kyle Reifers, Jason Schultz and Lee Won Joon, all of who shot 66 each.

Play was delayed by 80 minutes due to morning fog and the players were allowed to lift and clean the ball as preferred lies rule was applied.

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