July 06, 2019: India’s Arjun Atwal remained in contention for his second PGA TOUR title after he signed for a bogey-free three-under-par 68 to trail leader Bryson DeChambeau by five shots in tied-seventh place at the halfway stage of the 3M Open on Friday.
Atwal, an eight-time Asian Tour winner, rode on his fine form to return with a flawless card highlighted by three birdies at the TPC Twin Cities, where he had shot a course-record 62 in the Monday qualifier to earn his place in the event before going on to post an opening 65.
The 46-year-old Indian hit 10 of 14 fairways and 13 of 18 greens in regulation and enjoyed a great day on the greens where he did not miss any putts within 10 feet. Atwal would end his day on nine-under-par 133 total at the PGA TOUR event.
Atwal’s 155 yard approach to 13 feet set himself up for the birdie on the par-four 15th hole. He reached the green in three and sunk a 17-foot putt for his second birdie of the day on the 596-yard par-five 18th hole.
On the 381-yard par-four seventh hole, Atwal found the green in 2 and sunk a 29-foot putt for birdie. This moved Atwal to three-under for the round.
India’s Anirban Lahiri followed up his opening 71 with a solid 67 to progress into the weekend rounds as he grabbed a share of 55th position on 138.
Over in Ireland, Malaysia’s Gavin Green slipped from tied-10th to tied-38th place after signing for a second-round two-over-par 72 at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.