Greensboro (US): Indian golfer Arjun Atwal had a disappointing start to his title defense as he managed only a three-over 73 in the opening round of the Wyndham Championships Golf here on Friday.

Atwal, who became the first Indian to win a title on the PGA Tour last season at this very tournament, will be hard-pressed to make the cut as he lies in tied 123rd position and the cut looks likely around one-under at the par-70 Sedgefield layout.

Atwal had a decent enough start with one bogey on the first and birdies on third and fifth. Thereafter it was a downward spiral with bogeys on eighth, 12th, 13th and 17th for a card of 73.

Jeff Quinney looking for a spot in PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedEx Cup shared the lead with Tommy Gainey after both shot seven-under 63s on the opening.

Quinney had eight birdies, including five in a row early in his round, to start strong in his last chance to qualify for play-offs.

Gainey had five birdies and an eagle in matching his career-best round. Both players are chasing their first PGA TOUR victory.

Stuart Appleby had a 64. Ten players including Vijay Singh, Jim Furyk, Paul Casey and Ernie Els had 65s.

(Agencies)