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Atwal tied 35th, Chopra finishes tied 20th after poor final round

Written by: Staff

Doral, Mar 5 (UNI) A couple of bogeys in his back nine marred his prospect of a better show even though Arjun Atwal's final round of three-under 69 was good enough for the tied 35th place while India-born Swede Daniel Chopra played his worst golf of the week to finish a disappointing tied 20th in the 5.5 million dollar Ford Championship here.

Tiger Woods final round of three-under 69 was enough to defend the title at 20-under 268, just one stroke ahead of compatriot David Toms and Colombian Camilo Villegas.

Atwal had a bogey-free front nine with birdies on the first, fifth, seventh and eighth holes but he stumbled on his way back -- dropping back-to-back bogeys on the 12th and 13th -- and the lone birdie in his half came on the penultimate hole. Atwal had rounds of 68, 69, 74 and 69 and he finished tied 35th at eight-under 280.

Daniel Chopra, overnight second, had a horrendous final round, hitting five-over 77.

The former Asian Tour regular played in the final pairing with eventual winner Tiger Woods but a back nine riddled with three bogeys and one triple bogey proved costly as Chopra slipped down the leaderboard.

Chopra had entered the final round just two shots back and started strongly with a birdie on the opening par five hole.

Bogeys on four and five were quickly offset by birdies on seventh and eighth before his challenge ended on the homeward stretch.


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