India’s Arjun Atwal fired a 65 to compile a three-shot lead at the PGA Tour Wyndham Championship as Kevin Na tied the tournament record with a nine-under 61 on Saturday.
Na matched the feat of Atwal, who had also fired a 61 for the first-round. The Indian reached 54 holes at 17-under 193 and is three strokes clear of the field. The 37-year-old Atwal is trying to win a tournament just weeks after losing his tour card.
He had to win the qualifying tournament just to get into the Wyndham field. “I’m not your typical Monday qualifier,” Atwal said. American Scott McCarron closed his 63 with four straight birdies and was at 196 with Scott Piercy (64) and Lucas Glover (67).
Will MacKenzie (65), Garrett Willis (65), David Toms (65), Justin Leonard (66), John Rollins (68) and second-round co-leader Brandt Snedeker (69) were at 197. Na, of Rancho Cucamonga, California, wound up five strokes back at 198 at the Sedgefield Country Club.
Atwal, who is seeking his first win on the USPGA Tour, is one good round away from becoming the first Monday qualifier to win the ensuing tournament since Fred Wadsworth at the 1986 Southern Open.
He has won on the European, Asian and Nationwide tours. “I’ve never won on the PGA Tour, but I’ve won on almost every other tour I’ve played on,” Atwal said. “And I don’t see why it’s going to be different trying to win a tournament here. If I’m hitting it well, and I’m playing well (Sunday), I don’t see why I can’t win.”
Kapur ends T29
pti add from Celadna: Shiv Kapur turned in his worst card of the week — a five-over 77 to sign off tied 29th at the Czech Open. Kapur ended his campaign with a total of even-par 288 after a disastrous final day, on which he stumbled to four bogeys and a double bogey against a lone birdie.