Indian golfer Arjun Atwal put himself in contention for a strong finish by carding a five-under 68 to leap nine places to 12th after the third round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions here.

He is now 10-under 209 after three rounds.

Meanwhile, Robert Garrigus (69) recovered from an atrocious start of a double bogey-bogey by holing a 50-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole to join Steve Stricker (65) and Jonathan Byrd (67) in the lead.

Atwal began with a bogey, but made up with birdies on the third and sixth, before giving up another bogey on seventh.

But from there, the Orlando-based golfer, who became the first Indian winner on the PGA Tour last year, hit a purple patch. He birdied the eighth and ninth and then after turn added a third in a row at the 10th.

Continuing his fine run with the putter, he added two more on 13th and 17th to close at five-under 68. — PTI

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