Sony Open: Atwal slips to 50th at midway stage

January 17th, 2009 - 7:21 pm ICT by IANS  

Honolulu, Jan 17 (IANS) Indian golfer Arjun Atwal carded a one-over 71 and went down the ladder to 50th place at the midway stage of the Sony Open here. Atwal, who is making a comeback to the PGA Tour after a year, was hit by a poor front-nine and is now even-par 140 at the Waialae Country Club Friday.

Atwal opened with a bogey-brace on the second and third holes before dropping another stroke on the sixth. A birdie on the ninth was a consolation as he turned in two-over.

The back-nine was better with birdies on the 10th and 11th but he was once again pulled back by bogeys on the 12th and 13th. A birdie on last hole got him to 71.

The field was led by American Tom Pernice Jr. who shot a flawless 63 studded with five birdies and an eagle, shared the lead with Australian Nathan Green (66) with a two-round total of eight-under 132.

Overnight leader Shigeki Maruyama (68) and local Brian Gay were tied for the third spot, a shot behind the leading duo.

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