Atwal shoots 75, as Pendrith takes lead

SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda: Taylor Pendrith took a three-shot lead going into the final round of the Butterfield Bermuda Championship at the Port Royal. Pendrith ran off four straight birdies around the turn and then picked up two more birdies late in his round Saturday for a 6-under 65. Pendrith was at 17-under 194.

Arjun Atwal is the only Indian left in the tournament after the exit of Anirban Lahiri. Atwal shot 75 and was lying way back in 75th place. He had two birdies, four bogeys and a double in his 4-over 75.

Lahiri and Daniel Chopra missed the cut earlier on.

Pendrith is going after his first PGA TOUR title just four starts into his rookie season, and two weeks after he got married.

Danny Lee holed a tough 6-foot par putt on the 18th cap off a 65 and stay in range, just three shots behind. Lee is the only player among the top five on the leaderboard who has won on the PGA TOUR, though that was six years and 173 tournaments ago at the Greenbrier Classic.

Lucas Herbert of Australia, a two-time winner on the European Tour, had his second straight round of 65 and was four shots behind.

The first two years of the Bermuda Championship on the 6,828-yard Port Royal course were won by Brian Gay and Brendon Todd, two of the shorter hitters in today’s power era.

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