Rio Grande (Puerto Rico): Arjun Atwal played nine straight pars on the back nine to card even par 72 to be placed tied 37th at the end of the third day of the Puerto Rico Open here today. Atwal had two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine after cards of 73 and 71 on first two days. Also tied at 37th was Daniel Chopra, who shot 73 on the third day. Both Atwal and Chopra, both of whom don’t have the Tour card for this season, are playing their first event on the PGA Tour in 2015 and have been playing more on the Asian Tour.
Meanwhile, 45-year-old Chris Smith, whose golf and life seemed to have been sucked out since his wife’s death in a car accident in 2009, was on the verge of a fairy-tale finish as he shot 68 and shared lead with Scott Brown after a windy day. Brown, who won the Puerto Rico Open two years ago, birdied the final two holes for a 67 at Trump International-Puerto Rico. They were at six-under 2010.
Smith last had a full PGA TOUR card in 2005 and was playing on the Web.com Tour when his wife was killed. Rookie Jon Curran and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo were a stroke back. Curran had a 70, and Grillo shot 72. Second-round leader Alex Cejka dropped four strokes on the final four holes to fall into a tie for fifth at 4 under 212.