Atwal tied 76th

Reno (U.S.): Arjun Atwal had a rough opening day as he ended with a two-over par 74 on a windy opening day at the $ 3 million Reno Tahoe at the Montreux Golf and Country Club.

The Indian star, a former Asian Tour No 1 who has secured his PGA Tour card for 2006, had four bogeys and two birdies in his card and lay tied 76th.

Atwal will need a good second round to make the cut as the top 70 and ties make it to the weekend rounds.

Meanwhile, Daniel Chopra had a worse day with two triple bogeys and another four bogeys in his card of six-over 78. He also had four bogeys.

Atwal was good off the tee, but on a windy day he had a tough time and ended a very modest day after starting out on the tenth hole. Defending champion Vaughn Taylor slotted birdies in six of his last eight holes for an 8-under-par 64 and took a one-stroke lead over Sweden's Frederik Jacobson and Todd Fischer. — PTI

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