Atwal misses the cut in Nationwide Tour event

July 26th, 2008 - 8:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Columbus (Ohio), July 26 (IANS) Arjun Atwal’s chances of getting back to PGA Tour suffered a big setback as he missed the midway cut at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational. Atwal shot a second round of one-under 70 for a total of 146 after his first round of five-pover 76. His total left him one shot short of the cut, which came at three-over 145 at the Scarlet Course at the Ohio State University Golf Club.

Atwal had four birdies after starting from the tenth. He birdied the 12th, 15th, fourth and sixth, while he dropped shots on 17th, second and fifth.

Atwal currently 24th on the Money List needs to stay in top-25 to earn a full card to the PGA Tour next year and now after missing the cut he is likely to slip further in the standings.

Peter Tomasulo (67), leads at five-under par 137 and he was one stroke ahead of Rich Barcelo (70) and Brendon Todd (69) who were at four-under 138.

Ten players are tied for fourth at three-under 139, including overnight co-leader Bill Lunde (72). Kelly Grunewald (73), Dave Schultz (75), and Bryce Molder (75), all first round co-leaders, slipped out of the top 10.

Tomasulo hit all 18 greens in regulation, bogeyed the first hole with a three-putt from 70 feet, then was flawless with birdies at second, seventh, 11th, 12th, and 15th hole. A stellar 6-iron to five feet at the last left him with a chance to get to six-under, but he narrowly missed his birdie putt.

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