Atwal stays in contention in the US

Sat 01 Jul 2017

Atwal stays in contention in the US

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July 1: India’s Arjun Atwal remained in contention for  a second win on the PGA Tour after carding a three-under-par 67 to share fourth place with Korea’s Sung Kang after the second round of the Quicken Loans National on Friday.
Atwal, an eight-time Asian Tour winner and the first Indian to win on the PGA Tour , is chasing his first victory in the United States since his historic triumph at the 2010 Wyndham Championship and shot five birdies against two bogeys to keep himself in the title hunt.
The 44-year-old will start the weekend rounds five shots back of Swedish leader David Lingmerth after compiling a two-day total of five-under-par 135.
Making only his fifth start of the year, Atwal was delighted with his week's work so far where he is playing in the tournament for the third straight year on a sponsor's invite courtesy of his good friend and tournament host, Tiger Woods.
“They were all a month apart,” Atwal said. “It’s been hard to get into any kind of rhythm. But I finished like 15th at my last Asian Tour event in Japan, so the game feels pretty good.”
Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg meanwhile slipped to a share of 10th place after signing for a 70 at the HNA Open de France while reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Scott Hend of Australia returned with a similar 70 to take tied 18h position with his 139 total.
Defending champion Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand survived the halfway cut right on the one-over mark.
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