Atwal shares lead at Viking Classic

Updated: Oct 01, 2010, 09:41 AM IST

Madison: Making his first PGA Tour
start since winning the Wyndham Championship a month ago,
Arjun Atwal continued his brilliant form to share the lead
with a six-under 66 in the opening round of the USD 3.6
million Viking Classic golf tournament here.

Atwal shared the top spot with Bill Lunde, Ken Duke,
Brett Quigley in a crowded leader-board.

"I`ve never played in conditions like this. I`ve always
played when it`s softer. But it`s playing perfect, it`s firm.
It`s just the way it`s supposed to be played," said Atwal, who
won the Wyndham Championship in August.

The 10th tee starter began steadily and parred the first
seven holes before closing his first-nine with back-to-back
birdies on the 17th and 18th.

The front-nine turned out to be even better as Atwal
struck five birdies against a lone bogey to round off his
eighth card in the 60s in his last nine rounds, dating to an
opening-round 68 at The Greenbrier Classic.

Atwal has now led or shared the lead in his last five
rounds on the Tour, all four of them at Wyndham. This is the
fourth first-round lead/co-lead of his career, and the third
of the season.

Atwal made his 11th start of the year, with top-10
finishes at the Wyndham Championship and the HP Byron Nelson
Championship (tied seventh). He is 64th on the Tour money