Indian golfer Arjun Atwal landed three birdies towards two bogeys for a fantastic +four spherical that helped him rise two spots to tied 44th within the Barracuda Championships right here, the one PGA Tour occasion to make use of the Modified Secure format scoring system. The 47-year-old Indian started with a birdie and added two extra towards as many bogeys that took him to +13 after 54 holes.
Atwal, who has made the reduce in every of the three occasions he has teed up since PGA Tour’s ‘Return to Golf’ in June, will tee up at Wyndham Championship within the final occasion earlier than the FedExCup play-offs for the truncated season.
“I hope my legs and knees maintain up. Three cuts in a row at 47 just isn’t too dangerous,” joked Atwal, including, “Placing will be higher. Nonetheless I really feel my sport is wanting and getting higher every week.”
Atwal birdied the primary, 10th and 12th for 2 level beneficial properties every time and dropped factors on fifth and 15th. In the meantime, Branden Grace withdrew previous to his third spherical after testing optimistic for COVID-19. He will even skip subsequent week’s PGA Championship.
Troy Merritt made two late birdies Saturday to take a four-point lead into the ultimate spherical a 12 months after he misplaced the final-round lead in the identical modified Stableford scoring occasion. Collin Morikawa received the occasion. Merritt had eight birdies and two bogeys at Tahoe Mountain Membership’s Outdated Greenwood Course for a 14-point day.
Gamers obtain eight factors for albatross, 5 for eagle, 2 for birdie, zero for par, minus-1 for bogey and minus-Three for double bogey or worse. Looking for his third PGA TOUR victory, the 34-year-old Merritt had 33 factors. A top-two end right here will earn Merritt a spot within the 2020 US Open and he’s already within the discipline for subsequent week’s 2020 PGA Championship. Merritt has two PGA Tour wins towards his title.
Tied for second had been rookie Maverick McNealy and Emiliano Grillo, searching for his second PGA Tour win. Grillo had an 11-point spherical, and McNealy scored 10 factors. The excellent news for McNealy is that his girlfriend, Danielle Kang, is tied for the lead in Ohio within the LPGA Tour’s return.
With a win, McNealy can be the 12th participant (fifth straight) to earn first TOUR win at Barracuda Championship. Robert Streb was fourth with 28 factors. Joseph Bramlett and Richy Werenski adopted at 28. Streb entered the week having missed the reduce in 10 of his final 11 begins and now sits 5 factors off the lead. He was initially paired with Branden Grace earlier than his withdrawal.
Scott Stallings made eagles on No. 2 and No. 5 en path to a +11 rating, which took him to +23 factors and ninth place.