Atwal secures first Nationwide victory

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Arjun Atwal won the Chattanooga Classic on Sunday for his first Nationwide Tour title and first victory in the United States, beating Webb Simpson with a two-putt birdie on the first hole of a playoff.

The 35-year-old Atwal, involved in a fatal car wreck in March 2007, birdied the final hole for an even-par 72 to match Simpson at 24-under 264 on the Black Creek Club course. Simpson shot a 69, also finishing regulation play with a birdie.

“I’ve been working for this all my career,” said Atwal, the Malaysian Open winner this year on the European Tour. “I’ve had a few things going on away from the course. To finally win in America feels really good and getting my card back on the PGA Tour will be a sweet bonus.”

Atwal earned $90,000 to jump from 34th to 15th on the money list with $248,986. The top 25 after the final two events of the season will earn 2009 PGA Tour cards.

“It’s good to get back after playing on the tour for four years,” said Atwal, who shot a course-record 60 in the second round. “It’s the only place I want to play and I feel like I belong.”

Prosecutors decided in March not to charge Atwal in the wreck in Windermere, Fla. Witnesses said Atwal and John Park were driving nearly 100 mph in a 45-mph zone when Park failed to negotiate a turn, sending his car airborne into a tree. Florida Highway Patrol investigators had recommended Atwal be charged with vehicular homicide.

The first player from India to earn a PGA Tour card, has eight international wins, including the European Tour’s 2002 Malaysian Open and 2003 Singapore Masters.

Simpson turned pro in June after finishing his college career at Wake Forest.

“I’m happy,” Simpson said. “I wish I could have won. Everything I learned this week will help me next time.”

Kris Blanks (68) finished third, four strokes back.

Final scores with earnings and relation to par from the Chattanooga Classic, played Oct.16-19 at the par-72, 7,149-yard Black Creek Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. (Note: x-won playoff):

  1. x-Arjun Atwal $90,000
    66-60-66-72--264

    -24 2. Webb Simpson 54,000
    61-64-70-69--264

    -24 3. Kris Blanks 34,000
    63-68-69-68--268

    -20 4. Hunter Haas 24,000
    67-64-67-71--269

    -19 5. Brendon de Jonge 20,000
    67-66-67-70--270

    -18 6. Ricky Barnes 16,188
    65-68-71-67--271

    -17 6. Won Joon Lee 16,188
    68-65-68-70--271

    -17 6. Matt Weibring 16,188
    63-66-70-72--271

    -17 6. Bill Lunde 16,188
    67-62-68-74--271

    -17 10. Bryce Molder 13,500
    65-72-69-66--272

    -16 11. Tom Gillis 12,000
    66-64-71-72--273

    -15 11. Skip Kendall 12,000
    63-67-72-71--273

    -15 13. Daniel Summerhays 10,500
    69-67-69-69--274

    -14 14. D.A. Points 8,750
    69-68-73-65--275

    -13 14. Justin Hicks 8,750
    71-66-68-70--275

    -13 14. Bob Heintz 8,750
    66-67-68-74--275

    -13 14. Scott Stallings 8,750
    64-62-73-76--275

    -13 18. Casey Wittenberg 6,520
    69-69-70-68--276

    -12 18. Gary Christian 6,520
    65-70-71-70--276

    -12 18. Spencer Levin 6,520
    71-66-69-70--276

    -12 18. Scott Dunlap 6,520
    67-70-68-71--276

    -12 18. Matt Bettencourt 6,520
    66-68-69-73--276

    -12 23. Chris Tidland 4,650
    66-70-71-71--278

    -10 23. Michael Putnam 4,650
    69-62-75-72--278

    -10 23. Matt Hansen 4,650
    65-66-74-73--278

    -10 23. Colt Knost 4,650
    68-70-67-73--278

    -10 27. Scott Gardiner 3,367
    67-70-75-67--279

    -9 27. Matt Every 3,367
    66-68-74-71--279

    -9 27. Brock Mackenzie 3,367
    66-72-70-71--279

    -9 27. Brendan Steele 3,367
    67-69-72-71--279

    -9 27. Tommy Gainey 3,367
    69-67-72-71--279

    -9 27. Michael Boyd 3,367
    66-69-72-72--279

    -9 27. Blake Adams 3,367
    65-70-71-73--279

    -9 27. Darren Angel 3,367
    68-68-70-73--279

    -9 27. J.J. Killeen 3,367
    70-65-70-74--279

    -9 36. Ian Leggatt 2,650
    65-72-72-71--280

    -8 36. Aron Price 2,650
    66-70-72-72--280

    -8 36. Kevin Johnson 2,650
    68-67-71-74--280

    -8 36. Jeff Brehaut 2,650
    70-63-71-76--280

    -8 40. Geoffrey Sisk 2,300
    65-69-77-70--281

    -7 40. Bubba Dickerson 2,300
    68-69-74-70--281

    -7 40. Chad Ginn 2,300
    67-64-73-77--281

    -7 43. Todd Fischer 2,050
    67-69-74-72--282

    -6 43. Jim Herman 2,050
    67-70-72-73--282

    -6 45. Kim Felton 1,838
    70-68-73-72--283

    -5 45. Chris Smith 1,838
    68-69-74-72--283

    -5 45. Mark Brooks 1,838
    69-69-71-74--283

    -5 45. Kris Cox 1,838
    71-67-71-74--283

    -5 45. Bob Burns 1,838
    68-70-68-77--283

    -5 45. David Branshaw 1,838
    65-70-69-79--283

    -5 51. Keoke Cotner 1,700
    67-70-72-75--284

    -4 51. a-Adam Mitchell 0
    70-68-70-76--284

    -4 51. Paul Gow 1,700
    69-67-73-75--284

    -4 51. Peter Tomasulo 1,700
    67-67-73-77--284

    -4 55. Marc Leishman 1,638
    71-66-75-73--285

    -3 55. Scott Parel 1,638
    70-68-69-78--285

    -3 57. Brad Fritsch 1,550
    72-66-78-70--286

    -2 57. David Peoples 1,550
    72-65-75-74--286

    -2 57. Fabian Gomez 1,550
    68-69-74-75--286

    -2 57. Bobby Clampett 1,550
    68-67-75-76--286

    -2 57. Scott Gutschewski 1,550
    65-71-74-76--286

    -2 62. Tom Carter 1,463
    71-67-73-76--287

    -1 62. Rick Price 1,463
    71-67-73-76--287

    -1 64. Chris Nallen 1,400
    70-68-74-76--288

    E 64. Scott Piercy 1,400
    69-67-76-76--288

    E 64. Steve Wheatcroft 1,400
    70-68-70-80--288

    E 67. Michael Clark II 1,350
    70-67-76-79--292
    + 4 • • •





    Missed the cut





    68. Jason Caron

    71-68--139

    -5 68. Roger Tambellini

    72-67--139

    -5 68. Jeff Klauk

    70-69--139

    -5 68. Darron Stiles

    72-67--139

    -5 68. Andrew Buckle

    70-69--139

    -5 68. Rich Barcelo

    69-70--139

    -5 68. Alex Prugh

    66-73--139

    -5 68. Anders Hultman

    68-71--139

    -5 68. Steve Pate

    69-70--139

    -5 68. Brendon Todd

    70-69--139

    -5 68. Chris Anderson

    67-72--139

    -5 68. Jason Schultz

    69-70--139

    -5 68. Cameron Percy

    68-71--139

    -5 68. Chris Parra

    68-71--139

    -5 68. Kyle Reifers

    71-68--139

    -5 68. Joseph Sykora

    71-68--139

    -5 84. Jeff Gallagher

    71-69--140

    -4 84. D.J. Brigman

    69-71--140

    -4 84. Sebastian Fernandez

    67-73--140

    -4 84. Camilo Benedetti

    74-66--140

    -4 84. Philip Pettitt

    73-67--140

    -4 84. Josh Broadaway

    73-67--140

    -4 84. Gavin Coles

    72-68--140

    -4 84. Tee McCabe

    66-74--140

    -4 84. Billy Andrade

    70-70--140

    -4 84. Loren Personett

    69-71--140

    -4 94. John Kimbell

    74-67--141

    -3 94. Bryan DeCorso

    70-71--141

    -3 94. Andrew Bonhomme

    70-71--141

    -3 94. Craig Bowden

    68-73--141

    -3 94. Vance Veazey

    70-71--141

    -3 94. Fran Quinn

    71-70--141

    -3 94. Oskar Bergman

    73-68--141

    -3 94. Ryan Hietala

    68-73--141

    -3 94. Jay Delsing

    69-72--141

    -3 94. Gibby Gilbert III

    71-70--141

    -3 94. Bradley Iles

    68-73--141

    -3 94. Dave Schultz

    70-71--141

    -3 94. Jason Enloe

    68-73--141

    -3 107. Tyler Aldridge

    71-71--142

    -2 107. Esteban Toledo

    71-71--142

    -2 107. Jon Turcott

    71-71--142

    -2 107. Wade Ormsby

    72-70--142

    -2 107. Jarrod Lyle

    66-76--142

    -2 107. Tripp Isenhour

    70-72--142

    -2 107. Jim Rutledge

    72-70--142

    -2 114. Joe Daley

    75-68--143

    -1 114. Christopher Gray

    72-71--143

    -1 114. David McKenzie

    69-74--143

    -1 114. David Hearn

    70-73--143

    -1 118. Jonathan Fricke

    69-75--144

    E 118. Heath Jones

    73-71--144

    E 118. Henrik Bjornstad

    69-75--144

    E 118. Garth Mulroy

    68-76--144

    E 118. Audie Johnson

    74-70--144

    E 123. Tom Byrum

    73-73--146
    + 2 123. Kelly Grunewald

    72-74--146
    + 2 123. Miguel Angel Carballo

    71-75--146
    + 2 123. Keith Nolan

    74-72--146
    + 2 123. James Love

    75-71--146
    + 2 123. B.J. Staten

    73-73--146
    + 2 123. Rob Bradley

    73-73--146
    + 2 123. Ben Bates

    71-75--146
    + 2 131. Garrett Osborn

    73-74--147
    + 3 131. Jonathan Hodge

    76-71--147
    + 3 131. David Mathis

    72-75--147
    + 3 134. Dustin Bray

    79-69--148
    + 4 134. Bret Guetz

    73-75--148
    + 4 136. Scott Gordon

    77-73--150
    + 6 136. Chris Kirk

    72-78--150
    + 6 136. John M. Kelly

    78-72--150
    + 6 136. Kelvin Burgin

    74-76--150
    + 6 140. Nick Malinowski

    77-75--152
    + 8 140. Brett Bingham

    78-74--152
    + 8 WD. Garrett Willis





    WD. Dicky Pride





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