Modest start for Atwal in Northern Trust

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Los Angeles, Feb 18 (PTI) Arjun Atwal, who pulled out ofthe final round last week at Pebble Beach on account of a backpain, made a modest start at the Northern Trust Open with aneven par 71 that placed him tied 40th in the weather-affectedincomplete first round.

Atwal, starting on the tenth, birdied the 11th and playedsteady with pars till the 18th, where he dropped a bogey. Abirdie on the first was followed by a string of seven parsbefore another bogey on the closing ninth. He missed the greenand then missed a eight-foot par putt.

Robert Allenby, who ten years ago, won a six-man playoffat Riviera, was one of the nine players in shared lead atfour-under 67.

When play was stopped due to darkness, others in sharedlead were John Senden, Martin Laird, Spencer Levin, AaronBaddeley, Ben Martin, Bill Haas, Carl Pettersson and JBHolmes.

They could be joined by Peter Tomasulo, if he makes the12-foot birdie putt he left on the green when play wasstopped.

Dustin Johnson suffered a two-shot penalty before he teedup, after his caddie thought his tee time was 40 minutes laterthan it really was. He was still on the practice rangewarming-up when he was supposed to be at the first tee.

Players get five minutes to reach the tee and Johnson made itwith six seconds to spare, or else he would have beendisqualified. He ended with a 73.

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