Atwal fails to pick up from Woods, lies way behind

Pebble Beach (California): Arjun Atwal was unable to keep up with his friend and playing partner Tiger Woods and may miss cut in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am after a two-over 74 in the opening round, on Friday.

He will need to shoot low numbers over next two rounds to play the final round as the cut comes after three rounds.

Woods shot 68 and was tied 15th and Atwal was 131st.

Atwal starting on 10th, had two birdies on 13th and second and he bogeyed the 10th and then towards the end he dropped shots on sixth, seventh and eighth.

Also in danger was Daniel Chopra, who carded four-over 74 at par-70 Monterrey Peninsula course.

Dustin Johnson fired an eagle on the third, the hole which possibly cost him the US Open two years ago, and carded nine-under 63 to take a share of the lead with Charlie Wi (nine-under 61 at par-70 Monterrey) and Danny Lee, who played at par-72 Pebble Beach like Johnson.

Charlie flirted briefly with a possible 59 before finishing at 61.

Tiger Woods was five shots to par off the lead after a 4-under 68 at Spyglass Hill in his first event on 2012 PGA Tour. It was the fourth-best score on that course.

Phil Mickelson shot two-under 70 at Spyglass and Ken Duke shot a 28 on the back nine at Pebble Beach and was at 8-under 64.

With the conditions being very good for scoring, more than half the field were under par, regardless of which course they were playing.

PTI

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