Atwal eyes maiden win

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Arjun Atwal will head into the final day of the Wyndham Championship with a three-shot lead after a third round of 65.

Arjun Atwal will head into the final day of the Wyndham Championship with a three-shot lead after a third round of 65 on Saturday.

The Indian, who has led or shared the lead after each of the three rounds, put clear daylight between himself and a group of three on 14-under par.

Atwal was a steady one-under for the round after the front nine, but carded four birdies after the turn to potentially set himself up for a first win on the PGA Tour.

Despite the pressure, Atwal is confident in his abilities.

“I’ve never won on the PGA TOUR but I’ve won on almost every other tour I’ve played on and I don’t see why it’s going to be different trying to win a tournament here,” said Atwal. “If I’m hitting it well and if I’m playing well, you know, tomorrow I don’t see why I can’t win.

“I’m looking forward to it tomorrow.”

Scott McCarron went bogey-free and finished his round with four consecutive birdies to climb into a share of second place after shooting a 63.

Scott Piercy and Lucas Glover join him behind Atwal after they carded 64 and 67 respectively, with six players one shot further back on 13-under.

Will MacKenzie (65), Garrett Willis (65), David Toms (65), Justin Leonard (66), John Rollins (68) and second-round co-leader Brandt Snedeker, who was slightly off the pace with a 69 in good scoring conditions, are lurking four shots of Atwal.

“I played fantastic all day,” said Snedeker. “My score didn’t back it up. You’re going to have days like that. I hit the ball really well.”

“I feel like this course owes me a bunch tomorrow,” he added.

Kevin Na is on 12-under after equalling the course record of 61, the second time in three days the score has been achieved.

The American went off in the first pairing of the day after nearly missing the cut but turned his tournament around, even having a putt for a round of 60 at the last.

“Honestly, you know, I wanted the course record. I wasn’t going to leave it short,” he said.

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