Atwal tied 25th, Jeev tied 96th after Rd 1 at Byron Nelson

Irving: India golfer Arjun Atwal turned in a sedate one-under 69 to lie tied 25, while compatriot Jeev Milkha Singh`s two-over 72 had him in the 96th place
after the opening round of Byron Nelson Championship.

Atwal, a 10th tee starter, dropped a bogey and a double
bogey against four birdies in a weather-hit day which left 66
golfers stranded after the first round was abandoned midway
because of darkness.

Atwal stumbled on a double bogey on the 14th hole but a
couple of birdies on the 17th and 18th holes left him
level-par at the turn.

On his front nine, Atwal picked up a stroke before
hitting a bogey-birdie patch to stay one-under for the day.

Senior pro Jeev, however, had a rollercoaster ride as he
dropped a bogey on the 16th, birdied the 17th hole and
double-bogeyed the 18th to make the turn at two-over.

A couple of birdies on the first and second holes in his
way back brought him to level-par and though he bogeyed the
fifth, a birdie on the seventh hole meant he was still
level-par. But a double-bogey on the ninth hole brought him
back to square one.

At the top, Jason Day and Joe Durant fired a matching
four-under 66, while Steve Elkington, Hunter Mahan and Jarrod
Lyle were also four-under through the 16th, 15th and 11th
holes respectively, to share the clubhouse lead.

PTI

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