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Chopra sharing lead after first round

india Updated: Jul 14, 2006 17:26 IST
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Determined to make a big breakthrough this season, Daniel Chopra found himself on top of the leaderboard after playing a near flawless first round of seven-under 64 in the USD 3.8-million John Deere Classic golf.

The Indo-Swede shared the lead with John Senden of Australia and Americans JP Hayes and Zach Johnson.

Though this is the last chance for many to make the British Open with one berth reserved for the top non-exempt player from this tournament, the focus was firmly on Michelle Wie, who, however, disappointed with a six-over 77 that will probably result in a missed cut.

Arjun Atwal's woes continued as the Indian carded a par 71 with two birdies amd as many bogeys to be placed 93 to be in danger of missing yet another cut.

Chopra's putting was fantastic as he finished the round with just 22 putts and rounded off a great day with an eagle on the par-five 17th.

Chopra had birdies on the second, fifth and sixth on the front nine of the course and then added more on 14 th and 15th and an eagle on the back nine of the layout.

Last week Chopra held sole lead after two rounds and then faded away to tied 30th by the finish.

Wie had six bogeys and a double-bogey against only two birdies and was 13 strokes behind leaders. A year ago, Wie almost became the first woman since Babe Didrikson Zaharias in 1945 to make the cut in a US PGA Tour event, shooting a one-under-par 141 over 36 holes.