Atwal loses PGA card, Jeev slips after Rd3 of Canadian Open
Ontario: Arjun Atwal lost his PGA Tour card after failing to make the final round due to the
made-cut-but-did-not-finish rule, while Jeev Milkha Singh
slipped three rungs to tied 56th with a one-under 69 in the
third round of the RBC Canadian Open golf tournament here.
Atwal slotted four birdies against five birdies for a
card of one-over 71 to sign off with a total of 210 after
falling victim of a 2008 PGA Tour rule designed to keep field
Regular PGA events, which start with fields of 132, 144
or 156 players, have had a 36-hole cut with the top 70 players
and ties advancing to the final two rounds.
But in an effort to keep field sizes smaller, the PGA
Tour Policy Board enacted a new rule. The top 70 and ties
still remain in fray but if the cut exceeds 78 players, only
the number nearest to 70 continues in the tournament.
Atwal was one of five players that missed the second cut
Atwal has been playing on the Tour on a Major Medical
Extension (Q School/Nationwide Tour category) and this was his
last start based on it.
He will receive a cheque that counts as official
earnings, but it falls short of the amount he needed to be
elevated to conditional status for the rest of the season.
As a result, Atwal has lost his Tour card and has no
status on the PGA Tour.
Jeev, on the other hand, managed three birdies against a
couple of bogeys.
After two bogeys and a birdie left him one-over at the
turn, Jeev made amends by playing out a flawless back-nine
studded with birdies on the 10th and 13th. Jeev is now
three-under 207 overall.
Meanwhile, American Dean Wilson turned in a third
successive 65 to total 15-under 195 for a four-stroke lead
over the second-placed duo of Swede Carl Petterson (60) and
Bob Estes (66).