Atwal gets career`s second-best finish in Byron Nelson C`ship

Irving (USA): Arjun Atwal announced his
return to form by securing his career`s second best finish in
a US PGA Tour event, signing off tied seventh with an even-par
70 in the final round of the HP Byron Nelson Golf Championship

The Orlando-based Indian, whose last top-10 finish came
in the 2006 Buick Invitational where he ended tied fourth,
signed off with a total of six-under 274 here.

The other Indian in fray, Jeev Milkha Singh finished tied
32nd with a total of one-under 279 after returning a two-over
72 in the final round that comprised just one birdie against
three bogeys.

Atwal`s career had been going downhill due to lack of
form and injury breakdowns and this finish has given him the
much-needed fillip.

On a mixed day, Atwal found three birdies and an equal
number of bogeys. The birdies came on the fourth, seventh and
12th holes, while he dropped shots on the third ninth and

But the effort was good enough to secure the 2003 Asian
Tour Order of Merit winner his best finish so far this season.

Australian Jason Day clinched the trophy by two strokes.
Day returned his first over-par card of the week, a
two-over 72, but still ended with a two-stroke lead over the
rest. The Australian`s four-day total stood at 10-under 270.

Americans Brian Gay (63), Jeff Overton (71) and Blake
Adams (72) were locked in a three-way tie for the second spot.


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