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Atwal tied 46th, Jeev set to miss the cut at Reno-Tahoe Open

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Reno, Nevada, Aug 25 (UNI) An eagle on the last hole saved the day for Arjun Atwal as he carded a one-over 71 to be tied 46th along with Daniel Chopra but things went horribly wrong for Jeev Milkha Singh, who ended up at the 129th position with a seven-over 79 in the opening round of the three million dollar Reno-Tahoe Open here.

Playing his back nine first, the Orlando-based Indian was off to a fine start as he sank in a birdie on the 10th but his form slumped after a birdie on the 16th. He ended his first nine holes with a bogey on the 18th and made the turn at one-under.

The Indian seemed to have lost his way after dropping a couple of bogeys on the third and eighth but Atwal saved his best for the last and fired an eagle on the par five ninth hole to end the day on a high.

Meanwhile, Indian-born Swede Chopra kept stumbling at regular intervals and ended up firing four birdies against three bogeys to share the 46th spot with Atwal after a 71 at the Montreux Golf and Country Club.

However, Jeev Milkha Singh found himself at fourth from the bottom after a horrendous start to his second appearance at the US PGA circuit this year.

Jeev managed just two birdies against five bogeys and two double-bogeys to virtually end any hopes of making the cut in the tournament.

It turned out to be a nighmarish day for Jeev as he failed to arrest the slide, which started with a bogey on the third. The seasoned pro dropped a bogey and a double bogey to be three-over at the halfway mark. The only consolation for Jeev in the front nine was a birdie on the fourth.

His poor form continued in the backward journey as well and apart from a birdie on the 11th, Jeev hardly had anything to cheer about as he ended the day at seven-over after a double-bogey and a bogey on the 17th and 18th.

At the top of the leaderboard, American Will MacKenzie took the sole lead with a nine-under 63 studded with three eagles and six birdies. Compatriot Bob Estes followed MacKenzie a shot behind.

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