Atwal in seven-way lead at Miracle Network Classic on PGA Tour

Lake Buena Vista: Arjun Atwal was part of a jam-packed leaderboard which had seven players shooting six-under 66 to take a share of the lead at the end of the opening round at the Children`s Miracle Network Classic, the final counting event on the PGA Tour for 2011.

Along with Atwal the others are world number one Luke Donald, James Driscoll, Nathan Green, Scott Stallings, Derek Lamely and Gary Woodland.

The leaderboard was a great mix with second on the Money List jostling with Driscoll, who is No. 125 on the same list and only the top-125 get to keep the PGA Tour card for 2012.

Atwal is 118th but with a win in 2010, he is exempt till end 2012.

Atwal shot a 66 with six birdies and no bogeys at the Palm Course, which played fairly easy on Thursday. The other course being used this week is the Magnolia Course.

"I really didn`t expect much from the round today. It`s been a mixed bag of everything this year, so when I started to hit it good, then I began putting really well. So today I didn`t really have any expectations of trying to hit it, shoot low or whatever. Just whatever it gave me," said Atwal.

On his gameplan, Atwal said, "Today I didn`t think ahead of myself. I didn`t think about anything. Just one shot at a time, like they say, but it was actually happening. So it was good."

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