The qualifier Arjun Atwal gets an eagle in the last one; is 4th in 3M Open on PGA Tour
BLAINE: Arjun Atwal He made the most of his form when he shot six under 65s to be in the 4th position after the first round of the opening. 3M Open here.
The 46-year-old, who earned the vital spot through a Monday qualifier, began to be calmly even for the first nine and then went bird hunting with four in five holes and closed the day with an eagle nailing him on his Third shot from 130 yards.
Meanwhile, Atwal's youngest colleague Anirban Lahiri , started from the tenth and rode on a roller coaster with excellent first nine and disappointing second nine for a par par 71 in the 92 tie position, pressing him to play a low second round to make the cut.
Scott Piercy He went on a birdie afternoon on his way to a 9-under 62 and took the first round. Adam Hadwin and Hideki Matsuyama are two shots behind after a 7-under 64 in the TPC Twin Cities.
Former Asian No. 1 Atwal is one of five players with six under 65 and the others are Brian Harman, Sungjae Im, Patton Kizzire and Sam Saunders.
Atwal, who has more than 200. PGA Tour appearances, but just one win, which however makes him the only Indian to win a PGA Tour title, had his sole win in 2010.
Interestingly, that time, too, he entered the Wyndham Championships Through a qualifier on Monday and became the first player at age 24 to take that route to the Trophy.
Atwal had a birdie on the second hole, but dealt the winnings by throwing a shot to the seventh, where he could not get out of the bunker cleanly.
In the second nine, he birdied from only six feet in 10, from nine feet in 11 and from 12 and a half feet in 12 for a birdies hat-trick. He added one more on the 14th, after a good second shot from 126 yards to six feet and locked him up.
Two pairs later on day 17, his 11-foot birdie attempt slipped and on day 18 he had 130 yards to the pin for his third shot and landed a perfect chip for an eagle finish.
In the current 2019 season, which began at the end of 2018, Atwal played three events and made the cut at only 70º in Puerto Rico, where he was the 70th.
Lahiri, who has not won since the Indian Hero Open 2015, had three victories on his first hole with birdies on 12, 14 and 17, and the last putt came from almost 20 feet and promised more for the second nine.
But suddenly lost the course, with double bogeys in the second and ninth and in the middle had a bogey in the fourth against two birdies in the third and seventh for a 71.
Piercy, who has four PGA Tour wins, birdied one of his first seven holes and eight of his final 11, including a nearly 30-foot putt on No. 16 to get to 8 under.
Bryson DeChambeau is one of nine with 5, less than 66, while Brooks Koepka is among more than a dozen, with 4 and less than 67. Nate Lashley, who won the Mortgage Mortgage Classic in Detroit last week, shot at 2 low
Phil Mickelson had seven penalty strokes, two of them in the pr-5 18th, and finished with 3 over 74. Minnesota hometown Tim Herron entered the eighth 208-yard hole.