Arjun Atwal shoots 68, finishes T-49th at Rex Hospital Open

India's Arjun Atwal tallies eight-under 276 to finish tied-49th at the Rex Hospital Open in Raleigh, USA.

Indian golfer Arjun Atwal. - SANDEEP SAXENA (FILE)

India's Arjun Atwal rounded off the week at the REX Hospital Open with a flawless three-under 68 to finish tied 49th.

Atwal, playing after a gap of more than two months, had rounds of 66-68-71-68 for a total of eight-under 276. In the final round, starting from the 10th, Atwal had pars till the fifth, which was his 14th hole, for his first birdie. He added birdies on sixth and eighth and finished with a par.

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Chilean Mito Pereira, who lost his Korn Ferry Tour card after a rocky 2018 season, clawed his way back up to secure his PGA Tour card thrillingly at the REX Hospital Open.

Pereira birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Stephan Jaeger for his second victory of the 2020-21 season. Pereira's win vaulted him from No. 12 to No. 2 in the 2020-21 Korn Ferry Tour points standings, well over the 1,700-point threshold the Korn Ferry Tour is currently using as its fail-safe number for players to finish inside the top 25.

Come August 15, the final day of the Pinnacle Bank Championship presented by Aetna, Pereira will join Joaquin Niemann and Benjamin Alvarado as the only Chileans in history to earn a PGA Tour card.

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