Late birdies help Atwal make cut in Nationwide golf

July 12th, 2008 - 4:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Bridgeport (Connecticut), July 12 (IANS) Two late birdies on the 16th and 17th helped India’s Arjun Atwal squeeze inside the cut-line and survive action for the weekend in the Nationwide Tour Players Cup golf tournament. Atwal, facing the possibility of missing the cut after being three-over after 15 holes, birdied the 16th and 17th to finish the second round in 73 and total one-under 143 and be placed 49th at the halfway stage of the million dollar event at the Pete Dye Golf Club here Friday.

Atwal, placed 21st on the Money List, opened with bogeys on the first and second holes and after that was struggling for form. He birdied the third and fifth holes, but again gave away shots on seventh and ninth to turn in two-over. He bogeyed the 11th, but birdied the 12th only to give away another bogey on 13th. The last two birdies saved the week for him.

A former baseball player, who turned professional golfer Matt Bettencourt carded a career-best eight-under-par 64 in the second round and moved to the top of leaderboard in the Nationwide Tour’s richest event ever.

At 10-under 134 Bettencourt was one shot in front of first-day leader Rick Price (71).

With a top cheque of $180,000 awaiting the winner, the champion may well lock a place for next year’s PGA Tour card which is on offer for the top-25 on Nationwide Money List.

Once again preferred lies were used in the second round.

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