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Atwal tied 14th at Tennessee

May 28, 2005 15:23 IST

Arjun Atwal continued his great run, as he rolled in a card of four-under 66 to move into tied 14th place and set himself up for a possible top-10 finish over the weekend at the FedEx St Jude's Classic golf tournament in Tennessee.

Atwal, who had a modest opening round of one-over 71, cracked a bogey-free 66 with three birdies in first six holes and just one thereafter. His total is now three-under 137 at the par-70 Tournament Players Course at Southwind.

Meanwhile, Daniel Chopra missed the cut with a second round of six-over 76, that saw him end at six-over 146 and go out, as the cut came at two-over.

Justin Leonard shot a 5-under 65 in second round and extended his lead to five strokes after the second round. Leonard had six birdies and his first bogey in two days for a 13-under 127 total. He led by two strokes after one round and now is a huge five strokes clear.

Atwal made good use of the firm fairways and got an average of more than 300 yards off the tee. He had 25 putts as against 28 in the first round. Opening on the first, he birdied the first two holes for a great start.

He added another on the sixth and turned in three-under, raising vision of going even lower. The birdies dried up but Atwal made no mistakes and no bogeys but added one more birdie on the 16th to finish at four-under.

Fredric Jacobson shot a 65 and was at 8-under 132. He had a piece of the lead until Leonard birdied his seventh hole and took it back.

Paul Goydos (66) was another stroke back in third, while Matt Gogel (68), Heath Slocum (66), Tom Pernice (68) and Roland Thatcher (67) were all at 134.

Defending champion David Toms made the cut, but was 12 strokes back after a 71. Kenny Perry, who won the Bank of America Colonial last week, missed the cut after a 74 left him at 147.

 

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