Arjun Atwal finishes strong at 3M Open golf

The veteran Indian golfer carded six birdies on the final day of the 3M Open as Michael Thompson won his second PGA Tour title.

By Rahul Venkat

Arjun Atwal had a near-perfect Sunday as he carded a brilliant five-under 66 in the final round to end tied-53rd in the PGA Tour’s 3M Open in Blaine, Minnesota.

The Indian golfer was in his elements at the TPC Twin Cities golf club, as he began with four straight pars on the back nine before hitting his first birdie on the par-4 14th.

On the 451-yard par-4 15th, Arjun Atwal drove to the left side of the fairway and carded his second-consecutive birdie after setting himself up with a 152-yard approach shot.

He negotiated the 18th hole, which had proven to be his downfall on the penultimate day, without difficulty to score par and nailed home the advantage at the start of the front nine.

Arjun Atwal hit six birdies on the final day at the 3M Open

Arjun Atwal carded birdies on the first and second holes and then drove to the intermediate rough on the left of the 501-yard par-4 third before chipping in for a hat-trick of birdies.

The Indian golfer hit another birdie on the seventh but a bogey on the par-4 ninth meant that he ended with five-under 66 for the round and seven-under 277 overall to finish tied-53rd.

Thompson grabs emotional victory

American golfer Michael Thompson carded a four-under 67 in the final round to end with a 19-under 265 and win the 3M Open by two strokes ahead of compatriot Adam Long.

It was only his second title on the PGA Tour and it had come seven years after his first, the Honda Classic, which he won in 2013. It was an emotional moment for Thompson.

“It's been a long time. I’m really sad that my wife and kids are not here to celebrate with me,” Thompson said.

“I played such good golf today, stayed within myself, and believed in myself. I could not have asked for anything more.”

The 35-year-old Thompson, who was battling Richy Werenski for much of the weekend, quickly moved into the outright lead as the latter carded three bogies to effectively end the challenge.

However, he had to contend with Adam Long, who climbed up the ranks with four birdies on the front nine, and defending champion Matthew Wolff, who began the day with two birdies on the opening three holes.

Wolff could not build on that early momentum however, as Long kept Thompson honest with three more birdies. But a bogey on the par-3 17th handed the advantage to the leader, as Thompson duly sealed the victory with a birdie on the final hole.