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Atwal moves to tied 3rd in PGA event

May 29, 2011 15:08 IST

Arjun Atwal stayed steady in trying conditions to return the day's best card of three-under 67 and move into contention for his second PGA title at the USD 6.5 million HP Byron Nelson Golf Championships in Irving Texas.

Atwal was three-under 207 for three rounds and tied third, up from overnight 29th place. He shared the position with Japan's Ryuji Imada (71).

Atwal, who won his maiden PGA Tour title last year at the Wyndham Championships, opened the third round with a bogey on the second hole.

He then hit a purple patch with four birdies in a five-hole run before a bogey on the ninth saw him turn in two-under.

Later, birdies on tenth and 12th were followed by a bogey on the 15th, but he finished three-under 67 and was only two shots behind leader Ryan Palmer (73) and only one behind Sergio Garcia (74).

The last three holes played into the wind, which was about 25 miles per hour with gusts near 40. Only eight of 74 players shot under-par yesterday, and there were no bogey-free rounds.

Palmer, who has made only one cut in seven starts at Byron Nelson, held onto the lead despite a 73 and a total of 205. Second-placed Garcia, who came in without a practice round, shot 74 and was one behind Palmer at four-under 206.

Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar shot 68s and were tied with Joe Ogilvie (72) for fifth at two-under.

Kapur cards sub-par round, moves to tied 23rd at BMW PGA

Shiv Kapur carded a creditable one-under 70 to move up to tied 23rd after the third round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Club.

The other Indian in the fray, SSP Chowrasia, shot a 75 and slid from tied 20th to 45th.

At the top of the leaderboard were Luke Donald and Matteo Manassero.

Donald, bidding to overtake Lee Westwood as world number one, was six shots behind the Italian 18-year-old after just six holes of the third round, but fought back magnificently to draw level.

Both players carded a one-over par 72, although their rounds could hardly have been more different in many ways.

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