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Archive for Saturday, April 30, 2005

Atwal tops Zurich Classic

Henry trails by one, DiMarco by three

April 30, 2005

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— India's Arjun Atwal overcame Friday's gusting winds to shoot a 4-under 68 and take a one-stroke lead over J.J. Henry after two rounds of the Zurich Classic.

Atwal, looking for his first PGA Tour victory, had six birdies and two bogeys in gusts of up to 25 mph and moved 11-under 133. Henry had a second straight 67 to get to 10 under, and Chris DiMarco, playing in his first event since losing the Masters in a playoff, had a 71 and was tied with Tim Clark (69) at 8 under.

Arjun Atwal hits from the bunker guarding the ninth green during
the second round of the Zurich Classic. Atwal shot a 4-under 68
Friday in Avondale, La.

Arjun Atwal hits from the bunker guarding the ninth green during the second round of the Zurich Classic. Atwal shot a 4-under 68 Friday in Avondale, La.

"I didn't hit it too well in the first few holes, when there was no wind," Atwal said. "But I got it up and down a few times, just steady stuff. And as the wind started to pick up, I kind of started to focus a little bit better and hit it closer and made a few putts."

Lucas Glover had a second-round 68 and was at 7 under. Defending champion Vijay Singh followed an opening 67 with a 71 and was in a three-way tie for sixth place at 6 under.

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