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Atwal in tied eighth place, three shots off lead

Arjun Atwal ran into problems with his putter, but remained calm to come back with a one-under 71 in the third round of the Buick Invitational.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2006 13:13 IST

Arjun Atwal ran into problems with his putter, but remained calm to come back with a one-under 71 in the third round on the tough South Course at Torrey Pines and stay in sight of a top-10 finish at the Buick Invitational.

At eight-under 209, he is only three shots off the lead and in tied eighth place with a good chance of having a go at the leaders.

Atwal had three birdies on the fourth, 13th and 16th holes along with two bogeys. He was somewhat wayward off the tee, but managed to play his irons very well.

But on the unpredictable greens, he took as many as 30 putts, compared to 25 and 28 on first two days. Atwal had the best putting statistics on US Tour in 2005.

Tiger Woods, lying 22nd at the midway stage, forced his way into contention with a fiery five-under 67 on the tough South Course and was just one off the lead, shared by Spaniard Sergio Garcia (68) and American Rod Pampling at 11-under 205.

Ten players, including Atwal, were separated by three shots going into the final round.

Daniel Chopra, who was tied with Atwal in fifth place overnight, had a bad day with a five-over 77 that saw him slide to tied 42nd.

First Published: Jan 29, 2006 13:13 IST