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The Tour Report

July 1 2010

12:22 PM

Atwal takes advantage of exemption

Joining Joe Ogilvie atop the leaderboard right now is Arjun Atwal, who admitted that he “didn’t know what to expect” because he hit it “really bad” in Hartford last week.

Thursday, Atwal made seven birdies (and three bogeys) on his way to a 66, which is a long way where he was at the end of 2009 when he missed four months after tearing both his shoulder muscles while doing bench press without warming up first.

“I don’t work out anymore,” said Atwal, who has two top-25s in six events this year. “I do yoga now.”

Playing on a Major Medical Extension this season, Atwal has eight events to earn just over $586,000. So far, he’s earned just over $305,000 with this event and the RBC Canadian Open to go.

Atwal wasn’t even in the field for the AT&T National until he got a sponsor’s exemption from Tiger Woods, who he routinely practices with.

The two were practicing at home at Isleworth and Atwal was telling Woods his plans to play the John Deere Classic and in Canada when Woods asked why he wasn’t playing here. When one of the sponsor’s exemptions came back -- they’d all already been handed out -- it went to Atwal. -- Brian Wacker