August 22, 2010 – 9:09AM
Michael Sim rattled home with four consecutive birdies but still ended the day a distant seven strokes behind leader Arjun Atwal after the third round at the $US5.1 million Wyndham Championship on Saturday.
Sim, equal 19th win one round left at Sedgefield, is probably too far back to have a crack at winning, but he is simply delighted to be playing well again after a pedestrian season.
“The swing felt as good today as its felt in a long time,” said Sim, who heads the Australian challenge on 10-under 200.
// James Nitties (66) and Aron Price (65) are another shot back, equal 29th, still with plenty to play for. Nitties is 131st on the FedEx Cup points list, while Price is 138th.
The top 125 players after the final round will qualify for the first of four play-off events next week.
Nitties was all but flawless from tee to green, missing only one fairway and two greens in regulation, but he could not buy a putt, all five of his birdies coming from inside two metres.
“Four-under is the worst I could have had, said the 27-year-old from Newcastle, who now lives most of the year in Dallas.
“I probably left three or four shots out there if I could have holed some putts but they just didn’t go in.”
Nitties will need a similar performance in the final round to break into the tour play-offs, but he’s not going to lose any sleep over it.
“Even if I get in next week, I’ve got to play good to (advance) to the week after that, so really Im just playing for another week,” he continued.
“The way I’m playing, I’d love to play but I’m more worried about this week and the bigger picture.”
Marc Leishman, who started the day only four shots from the lead, bogeyed the first two holes, after not recording a single blemish in the first two rounds.
He salvaged something from the wreck with a couple of late birdies but a 70 left him nine strokes behind, with Aaron Baddeley another shot back.
Atwal, 37, was locked in a tight race until he broke free with six birdies in nine holes from No. 7.
He was helped by American Brandt Snedeker, who bogeyed the easy par-five 15th after firing his second shot into the pond right of the green.
Atwal, who has not won on the American Tour, carded 65 for a 17-under 193 total.
Americans Lucas Glover, Scott McCarron and Scott Piercy are equal second on 14-under, while Snedeker is among a group four behind.
Arjun Atwal was born on March 20th, 1973 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arjun_Atwal
3 + 20 +2+0+1+0 = 26 = his personal year (from March 20th, 2010 to March 19th, 2011) = Popular. Photos. In the news.