Miami, FL – Daniel Chopra approached the par-four 18th with a decent shot at second place after the first round, but a stroke of luck helped him do one better.
Chopra's 112-yard hole-out eagle on the last gave him an eight-under 63 on Thursday, tied with Jason Kokrak atop the leaderboard after one round of the Miccosukee Championship.
Chopra, a three-time Nationwide Tour winner, had seven birdies and a bogey heading to the last hole, but saved his best for the finale at Miccosukee Golf & Country Club.
"That will make dinner taste better," Chopra said.
Kokrak led for most of the afternoon with his 63 that included nary a bogey to the scorecard. A little less flashy, but still just as good to give him an opportunity for his second win this year.
This is an important week for several players, considering it's the second-to- last full-field tournament before the year-end Tour Championship. Some are scrambling to make it into the top 60 on the money list to advance to the last event and gain an opportunity at a PGA Tour card for 2012, as less than $15,000 separates 60th from 70th.
Nicholas Thompson, who is square on the bubble at 60th, is teetering on the cut line at one-under 70. Players just behind Thompson are giving him a push, such as No. 61 Craig Bowden (69), No. 63 James Sacheck (69), No. 66 Tim Wilkinson (68), No. 67 Brice Garnett (67) and No. 68 Tyrone Van Aswegen, who shares third at six-under 65.
Joining Van Aswegen in third were Brett Wetterich, Mark Anderson, Scott Sterling and Diego Velasquez. Among the four other than Van Aswegen, only Wetterich and Anderson are projected to be in the top 60 on the money list.
Defending champion and all-time tour wins leader Jason Gore is looking to become the first player in tour history to win back-to-back titles at the same event and shares eighth at five under.
MORE TO FOLLOW.