Atwal makes cut at St Jude Classic

Indian golfer Arjun Atwal, playing only his second PGA Tour event this season and first in this calendar year, shot two-under 68 to make the cut at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis, USA.

After his two-round total of even par 140, Arjun Atwal is tied 47th.   -  AP (File Photo)

Arjun Atwal, playing only his second PGA Tour event this season and first in this calendar year, shot two-under 68 to make the cut at the FedEx St. Jude Classic here. After his two-round total of even par 140, he is tied 47th.

After a first round 72, Atwal, the only Indian winner of a PGA Tour event, started from the tenth and had five birdies against three bogeys. “It’s nice to get into weekend action in a PGA Tour event after a long time,” said Atwal.

Daniel Berger shot a season-best 6-under 64 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead. Berger had six birdies in his bogey-free morning round to reach 9-under 131 at TPC Southwind, and nobody caught him atop the leaderboard. Berger has started well, despite breaking in a new driver and 3-wood after his old clubs finally cracked last week from age.

Tom Hoge, part of a three-way tie for the lead after the first round, was second after a 69. He birdied the final two holes in the penultimate group. The 2012 winner, Dustin Johnson, had a chance to catch Berger until dropping three strokes on the final two holes.

Johnson finished with a 69 after squandering a fine run of four birdies and an eagle with three bogeys and a double bogey on No. 18 with what he called bad swings at the end.

That finish left Johnson tied with Phil Mickelson (65) and Brooks Koepka (65) at 5 under. Shawn Stefani, one of the first-round leaders, shot a 71 and was tied with eight others at 4 under, including Brian Gay (70).

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