Arjun Atwal off to a disappointing begin at 3M Open

Blaine (US), July 24

Indian golfer Arjun Atwal received off to a disappointing begin on the USD 6.6 million 3M Open, carding a 2-over 73 within the first spherical of the PGA Tour occasion right here.

Playing solely his second match since returning to motion after the coronavirus-forced break, Atwal was tied-120th and wanted a stable second spherical to make sure motion over the weekend.

At the highest, Richy Werenski, 28, shot a career-low-tying 63 with 9 birdies, additionally his career-best, whereas Michael Thompson hit all 18 greens in regulation in his bogey-free 64 to take the second spot.

Per week after ending eighth on the Memorial Tournament, Tony Finau had seven birdies and one bogey in his 65. He was one of many seven gamers in tied-third.

As Atwal shot a 73, Indo-Swede Daniel Chopra and Indian-American Sahith Theegala, carded 1-over 72 every on the TPC Twin Cities course.

Former world No. 1 Dustin Johnson withdrew on account of again damage after carding a 7-over 78 within the first spherical. Last week he shot 80-80 on the Memorial.

Another former world No. 1 Brooks Koepka shot a 1-under 70 and was tied-57th.

Making his first begin after flying in from the UK and spending time in quarantine, former European No. 1 Tommy Fleetwood carded a 71 to lie tied-82.

Atwal, who final 12 months got here into the identical occasion by way of a Monday qualifier and contended for 3 days, was not in the identical rhythm.

The Indian golfer did hit 10 of the 14 fairways and 11 of the 18 greens, however for a greater a part of the spherical he discovered himself in 12-20 ft vary from the cup and didn’t gap most of them. He additionally missed a number of instances from inside 10 ft.

Starting from the 10th, Atwal birdied the 12th from eight ft however bumped into tough climate on 17th and 18th as he took penalties on each.

On the par-3 17th, he ended with a double bogey and on the par-5 18th he received away with a par. He managed a par on 18th with a 17-foot par putt, which was additionally his longest putt of the day.

On the entrance 9, Atwal birdied the sixth however dropped a bogey on the seventh.

In his earlier outing, Atwal had completed tied-45th at Rocket Mortgage Classic three weeks in the past.

Defending champion Matthew Wolff opened with 6-under 65.

Werenski making his 99th begin is searching for his first profession Tour win, having twice completed second at 2017 Barracuda Championship and 2018 Barbasol Championship.

China’s Xinjun Zhang shot a 65 and was among the many group at tied-Third with 5 birdies and an eagle in opposition to a lone bogey. Last week, he was tied-10th on the Memorial Tournament after lacking 4 earlier cuts.

Nick Watney, the primary participant to have examined constructive for COVID-19, hit 16 of the 18 greens in his 65, which was one of many seven bogey free rounds of the day.

Bo Van Pelt (66) aced No. eight from 195 yards for his third profession ace, which incorporates one on the 2012 Masters. PTI

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