Daniel Chopra shatters Nationwide tour record

With his final-round 65 at the Henrico County Open May 23 Daniel Chopra shattered the Nationwide Tour scoring record for most strokes under par (30 under) and matched the record books for total strokes (258). His four-stroke victory also may have created a bit of an identity crisis.

Chopra is a member of the PGA Tour, thanks to his sixth-place finish at December’s Qualifying School, yet Henrico County was his second Nationwide victory of the year.

“There’s a bit of magic in that number 30. Not many people will be able to say that, ever. That’s something to put on my resume,” said Chopra, who played Henrico County because he was unable to land a spot in the PGA Tour’s limited-field Bank of America Colonial.

Chopra won for the first time on U.S. soil at the First Tee Arkansas Classic April 18 when he couldn’t get into the field at the MCI Heritage at Harbour Town.

He may be making his mark in 2004 on the Nationwide Tour but the Swede’s heart is fixed squarely on the PGA Tour.

Following his Arkansas victory, he produced his best stretch of the season on the PGA Tour, making four consecutive cuts including a tie for 34th at the weather-delayed HP Classic of New Orleans.

His victory at the Dominion Club increases his Nationwide earnings to $171,000, a sum that may be enough to place him among the top-20 Nationwide finishers at season’s end and earn him a 2005 PGA Tour card.

Chopra began the final round with a two-stroke lead, played his first three holes in 3 under and was never really challenged. He added four more birdies to card his fourth consecutive round of 65 or better. For the week Chopra had 30 birdies, an eagle and only two bogeys.

The victory moved Chopra up 13 spots to No. 132 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.

Nathan Green (64) and Rheem Classic winner Franklin Langham (67) finished second at 26-under 262.

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