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Atwal shoots 70, but slips to 63rd

Atwal had four birdies against two bogeys, but it was insufficient in US PGA Tour Qualifying School golf finals.

india Updated: Dec 02, 2006 14:12 IST

Arjun Atwal carded his best round so far with a two-under 70 but that effort could not stop him from slipping down from joint 57th to tied 63rd at the midway stage of the six-round US PGA Tour Qualifying School golf finals.

Atwal had four birdies against two bogeys, but it still did not help him move up. He is allowed to play in 15 events in 2007 after gaining a conditional card for his 140th place finish on the money list last season.

Australian Paul Gow, who shot a 65 to a 13-under-par 203 total, is now the leader in the Qualifying School campaign.

Korea's Charlie Wi enjoyed a blemish free round with a steady six-under-par 66 in the third round and was in tied 22nd position, eight strokes behind leader.

Wi was four under after nine holes and with two more birdies on the 11th and 15th holes, the Maybank Malaysian Open winner moved into the top-30.

Players who finish in the top-30 and ties will earn their full playing rights for next season.

A third straight 71 for American Edward Loar saw him slip down the leaderboard to tied 38th place with a 213 total.

After a sluggish second round, Korea's Yang Yong-eun improved with a 71 in joint 80th place alongside Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng, who shot up the ranks after a solid 68.

Also in 80th spot was South African Garth Mulroy who fired a 66 after seven birdies against a lone bogey to a 219 total.

First Published: Dec 02, 2006 14:12 IST