Palm Desert (California): Arjun Atwal turned in a two-under 70 to stay in the hunt for a top-10 finish in his first appearance on the 2006 U.S. PGA Golf Tour.
The Indian ace, playing on the Classic Course on the third day, had four birdies and one bogey on the back stretch after starting out on the tenth.
He turned in three-under and looked set to enter the top-10 but two bogeys on the front nine of the course on the first and seventh and just one birdie on eighth, meant he finished at 70 and was in tied 28th place.
However, the Indian was still very much within reach of a good finish as he was just three shots behind the group tied seventh.
The leader was Chad Campbell (68) at 19-under and four shots clear of his nearest rivals.
Indian-born Swede Daniel Chopra, playing on PGA (West) Palmer course, was more consistent in third round than second, when he had three double bogeys and an eagle. In third round, he had five birdies and three bogeys for his 70. He is now two-under and tied 91st for the tournament and will need to be in top-70 to make the fifth and final round.
Campbell, meanwhile, kept his consistent work going with a four-under 68 that kept him four clear after three rounds of the five-round event. He went to 19-under 197 while Scott Verplank had a 65 and John Senden (68) were tied for second.
Phil Mickelson, who won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in 2002 and 2004, had a 68 that left him six shots off the lead, and is tied with Pat Perez (70) for fourth at 13-under.
Campbell's string of 60 successive holes without a bogey ended on the 17th hole of the day, the No. 8 on the Arnold Palmer Course at PGA West. His streak dated back to his runner-up finish at the Sony Open in Hawaii last weekend.
The players rotate among four courses for the opening four days of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, with the first 72 holes a Pro-am before the field is reduced to the 70 low-scoring pros and ties for the final round.
Former Asian No. 1 Jyoti Randhawa made significant inroads and moved within striking distance of a top-10 finish, as a three-under 69 helped him get to six-under 210 for three days at the end of 54 holes in the $2 million Abu Dhabi Open. He was in a crowded tie for 13th place.
Shiv Kapur had a frustrating day as he came back with a 73 and he was now two-under 214 for three days and in tied 41st place. The scoring sure was good for the leaders, as Henrik Stenson shot a course record of 10-under 62 and rocketed to the top at 16-under. He was one ahead of Chris Di Marco, whose 63 helped him to 15-under for the three rounds. - PTI