Arjun Atwal later gave out a remarkable return to card a fine five-under 66 on the last day at the 3M Open golf tournament to finish tied 53rd.
This was Atwal’s second competition since the COVID-19 pandemic. He will continue in his third tournament at next week’s Barracuda Championship.
The Indian golfer’s impressive showing despite a bad patch on Saturday sees him finish with a total score of seven-under 281.
Michael Thompson emerged winner of the tournament after carding 67 at 19-under. This is his second career win as he beat second-placed Adam Long, to the title. Long finished at 17-under.
The third spot was congested as Tony Finau, Charles Howell III, Cameron Tringale, Charl Schwartzel, Robby Shelton, Max Homa, Richy Werenski, Emiliano Grillo, and Alex Noren all tied in that position at 16-under.
Not weighed down by an indifferent performance on Saturday, Atwal made a good start on the final to have a solid final round. The golfer was able to find 10 of the 14 fairways and 14 of the 18 greens in regulation. He also showed precision by not missing within 10 feet.
Atwal, who started the day on tenth, had two birdies on his first nine. He later added four more, which include three in a row from first to third. He continued with another one on seventh, and he got to be six-under for the day.
Atwal, who further ended the day with a bogey in ninth at five-under 66, gained from a chip-in from 30 feet on Par-4 third hole.
In winning his first title in seven years, Thompson birdied two of the last three holes for a 67. This gave him a two-shot win over long in the final day.
Thompson has now won two PGA TOUR and moved no. 39 in the FedExCup standings. This win also earned him a spot in next week’s WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational.
Written by: Oladipupo Mojeed