Chopra reserves best for last, finishes 36th at US Open golfJune 17th, 2008 - 7:15 am ICT by IANS
San Diego (California), June 16 (IANS) Daniel Chopra reserved his best for the last round, bringing in his only sub-par round for the tournament with a one-under 70 that saw him finish tied 36th, an upward move of 21 places from the third round at the US Open. His earlier rounds were 73, 75 and 75 and he finished at nine-over 293. Chopra, a Swede born in Stockholm to an Indian father and Swedish mother, honed his golfing skills at the Delhi Golf Club. His 36th place finish Sunday earned him a little over $63,000, but still fell short of his best finish at the US Open, which was tied 24th in 2004 at Shinnecock Hills.
Tiger Woods (73), playing with a sore knee and hobbling at times, sank a clutch putt from 12 feet on the final hole to get into a play-off with 45-year-old Rocco Mediate (71). The duo was tied at one-under 283, the first time in many years anyone has finished regulation play under par at US Open.
Chopra flew on the wings of an early eagle where he drove the 377-yard short par-4 and had a rare eagle two. He also had a birdie on the sixth, the longest par-4 of the course at 515 yards.
The eagle on second and a birdie on the sixth followed by a bogey on the par-3 eighth saw him turn in two-under. The second of Chopra’s bogeys also came on par-3 11th hole. He parred the rest to finish with a card of 70.
Behind Woods and Mediate, Englishman Lee Westwood (73) missed a 12-footer on the final and failed into get into the play-off. He had to stay satisfied with a third place, while Swede Robert Karlsson (71) and American D.J. Trahan (72) shared the fourth spot with totals of two-over 286.
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