Atwal shoots one-over at Torrey Pines

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San Diego (California), Jan 28 (PTI) Arjun Atwal couldnot hold on to a good start and ended with a one-over 73 inthe opening round of the Farmer''s Insurance Open played overtwo courses in Torrey Pines here.

The Indian ace, who has secured his card through 2012, islying at 97th after the first round at South Course.

In the second round, he plays in the North Course andwould need a good round to make the cut that looks likely atone-under or par.

The field was led by a 24-year-old South Korean rookie,Sunghoon Kang, who blazed the course with a eight-under 64,thus finishing with back-to-back birdies on the North Courseto take a one-shot lead over Chris Kirk, Alex Prugh and thehighly popular Rickie Fowler.

Atwal opened with a birdie on the first and though hegave away that advantage on fourth, the Indian foundback-to-back birdies on the sixth and seventh.

Then he found just bogeys and no more birdies.

A bogey on the eighth meant he turned in one-under, buttwo more dropped shots on the 14th and 16th saw him end theday at 73.

The tournament has received a lot of attention as TigerWoods opened his 2011 campaign with a three-under 69 with nobogeys and no birdies on par-fives, usually his target for lowscoring.

Phil Mickelson shot 32 on the back nine for a 5-under 67to match the best score on the tougher South Course.

Also at 67 on the South was John Daly, whose last wincame in 2004 at this tournament.

He is the last player to win at Torrey Pines when Woodswas in the field.

Woods'' game was solid but he still struggled on thegreens and sank just two putts longer than three feet � one ofthem a 10-foot par save on No. 8, and a 25-foot birdie putt onthe par-3 sixth.

Woods was paired with Rocco Mediate, whom he defeated inan epic US Open playoff at Torrey Pines in 2008.

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