Golf round-up: Atwal placed tied 9th, Aditi tied 51st

Atwal shot his second straight 68 and is now 12-under and tied-ninth, three shots off the lead as the crowded leaderboard promises an exciting finish.

Arjun Atwal’s first and only PGA Tour title was clinched in 2010.   -  Getty Images (File Photo)

India’s Arjun Atwal maintained the momentum despite a double bogey on the back nine, as he closed with a brilliant hat-trick of birdies that kept him in contention at the inaugural 3M Open golf tournament.

Atwal shot his second straight 68 and is now 12-under and tied-ninth, three shots off the lead as the crowded leaderboard promises an exciting finish.

Atwal, who was fourth after the first round and sixth after the second, is now ninth after the third.

But as against a six-shot deficit against the 36-hole leader, he is now only three behind the new leaders, a young pair of Matthew Wolff (62) and Collin Morikawa (64), who played golf against each other in high school, and Bryson DeChambeau (70).

Wolff and Morikawa grew up within 30 minutes of each other in California and are in their first month as professionals. Wolff shot 62 and moved into contention. They are all at 15-under.

Meanwhile India’s other golfer, Anirban Lahiri (75) missed the 54-hole cut as he was tied 83rd.

With more than 80 players making the second round cut, a third round cut was applied and Lahiri missed it.

Aditi placed tied 51st after three rounds in LPGA

India’s Aditi Ashok shot three-under 69 to be placed tied 51st at the end of the third round of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic golf tournament.

The 20-year-old Indian, who is showing signs of return to form only in the last few weeks, had six birdies against four bogeys, including those on 15th and 16th.

Sung Hyun Park made her seventh birdie in 11 holes to build a three-shot lead. She still had a par 5 to play when she hit into the water on the par-5 15th and three-putted from about 20 feet for birdie. That was followed by a bogey on the next hole which threw the tournament wide open.