After topsy-turvy day, Arjun Atwal makes Barracuda cut

Back-to-back birdies save Arjun Atwal’s day. The Indian is playing his second straight week after the 3M Open.

Veteran Indian golfer Arjun Atwal managed to make the cut at the Barracuda Championship in Truckee, California on Friday after a rollercoaster Round 2.

The Indian star, playing his second straight week on the US PGA Tour, has a score of +9 and lies tied-46th. 

The event is the only one on the PGA Tour to use the Modified Stableford format scoring system. 

In this system, golfers get +8 for an albatross, +5 for an eagle, +2 for a birdie, zero for par, minus one for bogey and minus three for double bogey or worse.

Starting Round 2 on the 10th tee at the Tahoe Mountain Club's Old Greenwood Course, the 47-year-old Atwal carded bogeys on the 11th and the 15th before recovering with a birdie on the 18th.

With three birdies (+6) and three bogeys (-3), Atwal ended Friday at +3. With his first round score of +6 after four birdies and two bogeys, Arjun Atwal goes into the weekend rounds with a +9 cushion.

Getting three points on the second day, Arjun Atwal took his tally to +9 to sit eight places below his first-round position.
Getting three points on the second day, Arjun Atwal took his tally to +9 to sit eight places below his first-round position.Getting three points on the second day, Arjun Atwal took his tally to +9 to sit eight places below his first-round position.

"Relieved to get into the weekend, but disappointed not to make use of any of the par-5s today,” Arjun Atwal told PTI.

“The putting still requires some work and it is crucial in an aggressive format like this. I have just one birdie on a par-5 which was on 12th in the first round.

“Those are the big points. Hopefully, I can make up over the weekend. Otherwise, I am feeling fine and looking forward to the last two rounds," Atwal added.

The event is led by USA’s Kyle Stanley, who managed his second eagle on the second day and shot a 14-point second round to take his tally to 22 for a two-stroke lead over Austria's Matthias Schwab, Robert Streb and Branden Grace.

Stanley is trying to win for the third time on the PGA Tour. A victory at Barracuda will help him make the PGA Championship next week.

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