Pebble Beach, California, USA, 23-09-2023
Arjun Atwal in tied third after round two of PURE Insurance Championship on PGA Tour Champions
Indian golfer Arjun Atwal remained on course for the big prize at the PURE Insurance Championship golf tournament, as he added a second straight 4-under 68 at Spyglass Hill to get to 8-under and lie tied third.
He shot 68 at Pebble Beach Links a day earlier and is very much in contention for the title going into the final round. Ahead of Atwal were Justin Leonard (69-65) at 10-under and Thongchai Jaidee (70-65) at 9-under.
Atwal, who turned 50 this year, is the only Indian to have won on Korn Ferry and PGA TOUR and a win this week would make it a unique treble on all three Tours in the United States.
Atwal, who came in the main tournament as a Tuesday qualifier, had interestingly won his PGA TOUR title in 2010 also, after getting into the event as a qualifier.
“That will be so cool,” said Atwal, who plans to play a few more events to wrap up his playing rights for 2024.
He is likely to miss the Q-School as he will be attending the rituals on the first death anniversary of his mother.
“That is very important to me,” said Atwal.
Atwal was tied for third with Paul Stankowski (71-65).
The 36-hole cut saw 54 players at 2-over 146 make the grade and they advanced to the final round.
Atwal began the day with four pars and then went birdie-birdie-eagle to get to 4-under for the first seven holes.
He added birdies on the 11th and the 14th as he jostled for the lead. However, bogeys on the 16th and 18th pulled him down to third place.
Atwal is looking to become the first open qualifier to win on the PGA TOUR Champions since Dicky Pride.
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