Daniel Chopra soars to tied 10th

Daniel Chopra hits a fine 66 to jump to tied 10th place in the rain-hit USD 6.2 million Zurich Classic in New Orleans.

updated: April 15, 2008 12:03 IST
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New Orleans:

Daniel Chopra fired a splendid 66 to soar to tied 10th place and just two behind the leaders before rain and storm truncated the penultimate round of the USD 6.2 million Zurich Classic here.

Only three players in the top 21 - John Senden (66), Jonathan Byrd (67) and Chopra - could finish their third round before two weather suspensions dropped curtains on proceedings.

Woody Austin, Nicholas Thompson, Briny Baird and Peter Lonard lead the chart at eight-under and the quartet would return again for their unfinished third round.

Chopra played near-perfect golf and the lone blot on the 10th hole where he dropped a shot notwithstanding, his was a sparkling round that took his three-day tally to six-under 210.

The Indian-born Swede kicked off his blemish-free front nine journey with a birdie-birdie start. He picked up another shot on the fifth and then blasted an eagle on the par-five seventh to take the turn at five-under.

Dropping a shot on the 10th could not hold him back as Chopra birdied the 16th and 18th to sign off on a high.