Atwal misses cut at Transition Championships

Updated: Mar 20, 2011, 13:07 PM IST

Palm Harbor (USA): Indian golfer Arjun Atwal missed the cut at the Transition Championships after carding a disastrous eight-over 79 in the second round, following his 69 in the first round at Innisbrook, Copperhead.

Atwal`s total of 148 was way off the cut, which came at one-under 141. Justin Rose, twice winner on the PGA Tour last year, took a one-shot lead after the third round at the Transitions Championships. Rose shot a second successive six-under 65 that put him at 13-under 200, one shot of the 54-hole tournament record.

Atwal dropped eight shots in his first nine holes and from there on had no chance to making the weekend rounds. He double bogeyed the 11th, 16th and 18th and bogeyed the 14th and 15th. On his second nine, the front half of the course, he birdied the first and ninth, but he also bogeyed the sixth and seventh for a 79, his worst round of the season.

Atwal struggled with his driving managing only 38 and 31 per cent fairway in two rounds and 44 per cent of greens in regulation in second round. Brendon de Jonge (66) and Webb Simpson (67), who have never won on the PGA Tour, were one shot behind Rose. Nine players were separated by only three shots going into the final round.