Atwal finishes 23rd, Aditi Ashok continues good run of form

Arjun Atwal carded a one-under 70 to finish Tied-23rd at the 3M Open on Sunday, while Aditi Ashok returned a six-under 66 to finish Tied-40th in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic.

Arjun Atwal plays his shot from the second tee during the final round of the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities.   -  AFP

Having been in contention to break his nine-year title drought, Indian golfer Arjun Atwal was unable to turn in the magic on the final day, carding a one-under 70 to finish Tied-23rd at the inaugural 3M Open on Sunday.

Atwal had become the first Monday qualifier to win an event on the PGA Tour when he clinched the 2010 Wyndham Championship and the 46-year-old Indian was three shots off the lead after the third round.

His superb performance on Monday and then from Thursday onwards earned him a spot into this week’s John Deere Classic, the last event to try and earn a sport into The Open.

Atwal’s 70 gave him a total of 13-under and his T-23rd was his best finish of the season.

However, the day belonged to the 20-year-old, Matt Wolff, who was playing only his third event as a pro and only the fourth PGA event ever.

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Trailing Bryson DeChambeau by a shot on the 18th fairway, Wolff not just caught up but overhauled the leader with a stunning 26-foot putt for 21-under 263 that gave him his first PGA Tour win and opened a whole new world for him.

Atwal, who started the day three shots off leader Wolff, had all his chances wrenched away when he double bogeyed the Par-3 fifth and there was another bogey on seventh.

“Well, it was nice of the guys at John Deere (Classic) to give me an invite. That means I don’t have to Monday qualify or it would have been a long drive,” he said.

-Aditi finishes with bogey-free 66-

Aditi Ashok continued her good run of form, returning a flawless six-under 66 to finish Tied-40th in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Oneida, Wisconsin. It was Aditi’s sixth score in the 60s in her last seven rounds.

Aditi had three rounds in the 60s, including a 66 in the first round last week in Arkansas, shot another 66 after 70, 69 and 69, to finish at 14-under 274.

(with inputs from agencies)