Atwal hopes for reversal of fortune

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New Delhi, Feb 8 (UNI) Arjun Atwal who shot second successive two under 70 round to climb to the joint 6th place after second round of the Emaar-MGF Indian Masters Golf here today expressed hope that of a reversal of fortune now on cards.

''I had three months off, so I practisced really hard and worked on my game and it is pretty good now,'' said Atwal here after his round.

''It is good that I shot two successive two steady two under par rounds and I feel good,'' he said.

''I am hopeful that I wil do well in the next two round'' said the 34-year-old Atwal, the first Indian golfer to win on the European Tour and also the first to play on the US Tour.

''I want to do well here because it will provide the much needed boost to me before I go on the Nationwide Tour in March in the US.'' The year 2007 was an eminently forgettable one for Atwal, who barely stayed in the top-60 of the Nationwide Tour, the second rung tour in US. On the main US PGA Tour, he made the cut in only six of the 12 starts and finished 210th.

''I played just one tournament in Nationwide Tour in Panama and finished tied fifth. So I am pretty much getting on the right track,'' said Atwal.

Atwal's last tournament at home was the Indian Open in 2005, when he finished 11th. His last win in home was also at the same venue in 2003 at the Hero Honda Masters.

''I really like playing here. In fact my last win in 2003 was on this course and I am looking forward to some nice and exciting golf, he said.

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