Atwal slips but still remains in contention at 3M Open

Arjun Atwal trailing the lead by three shots and lying at T9 in the penultimate round of 3M Open. Wolff, Morikawa and DeChambeau share the lead.

GREENSBORO, NC - AUGUST 21: Arjun Atwal hits his second shot on the 14th hole during the third round of the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club on August 21, 2010 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

July 07, 2019: India’s Arjun Atwal rued a costly double-bogey six on the par-four 14 which saw him slip to a share of ninth place after signing for a third round three-under-par 68 at the 3M Open on the PGA TOUR on Saturday.

Atwal, an eight-time Asian Tour winner, birdied holes five and seven for an outward 33. But his efforts were quickly erased by a double-bogey on 14.

The Indian, who had earlier fired a course-record 62 in the Monday qualifier, charged back with three consecutive birdies, starting the 16th hole to post a three-day total of 12-under-par 201, three shots off the lead which is shared by Matthew Wolff, Colin Morikawa and Bryson DeChambeau of the United States.

At the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, Malaysia’s Gavin Green made up for a disappointing second round 72 by posting a 65 to head into the final round in tied-14th position, six shots back of English leader, Robert Rock.

Apart from a win, Green will also be aiming to be among the three players to finish in the top ten and ties so as to earn his place at The 148th Open at Royal Portrush from 14-21 July 2019.

Over in Japan, South Africa’s Shaun Norris trailed by one shot in second place after the completion of the second round at the weather-hit Japan PGA Championship.

Norris had earlier taken the clubhouse lead after rounds of 68 and 65 and will be determined to honour his promise to his late father, who passed away early Saturday morning by battling for the top prize at the Japan Golf Tour event.

“I want to keep the promise with my father (to compete well and finish strong), so I will play my best tomorrow,” said Norris.

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