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Atwal, Jeev poised for weekend honours

Arjun Atwal was one shot behind leader Garrett Willis of the United States at the end of the opening round of the Heritage International on the PGA Tour.

other Updated: Apr 22, 2011 23:23 IST

Arjun Atwal was one shot behind leader Garrett Willis of the United States at the end of the opening round of the Heritage International on the PGA Tour.

Play ended early due to poor light on Thursday as 18 players were unable to finish before dark.

Willis had six straight birdies on the first six holes but found two bogeys before picking another three birdies for a seven-under 64.

Atwal missed just one fairway and needed 26 putts as he shared the second place with Matt Bettencourt, Chad Campbell and Tim Herron.

"It was a lot of fun. The conditions were perfect. There wasn't much wind when we started and it didn't pick up very much at all. I hit a lot of birdies and had a lot of chances," said Atwal.

"I struggled in the last few weeks. I've struggled off the tees, but my irons and my short game has been pretty good. I had a lesson with my coach, Dale Lynch and it worked," he added.

Luke Donald, who can move from No. 3 to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings with a win this week, was among four players at 67.

Jeev second in Volvo China Open
Chengdu (China): Jeev Milkha Singh overcame a bogey on either side of the round to turn in a consecutive six-under 66 and move to tied second at the halfway stage of of the Volvo China Open on Friday.

Jeev, with a two-day total of 12-under, was just one shot behind the leader Jamie Donaldson at the Luxehills International Country Club.

"The course is playing very well and there are birdies to be had.

"One has to put the ball in the fairway and play steady to put oneself in a birdie position. Stay on and some will surely fall," he said. Jeev, who won the Volvo China Open in 2006, has been winless since 2008.

He found 10 of the 14 fairways and had 15 greens in regulation.

Jeev was tied with six others, namely, Keith Horne, Jeppe Huldahl, Nicolas Colsaerts, Grégory Havret, Gareth Maybin and Peter Lawrie.

While Jeev moved up six spots, Shiv Kapur dropped from 26th to 47th at six-under. SSP Chowrasia missed the cut, which came at five-under, with rounds of 70 and 71.

In a high-scoring week, Donaldson touched a new high with a birdie spree with 11 birdies and no bogeys in his sensational 11-under 61 to move from tied 58th to the very top in the biggest move of the day.