Arjun Atwal climbs two places heading into Barracuda final round

The Indian golfer progressed to the final round of the Barracuda Championship with a total score of +13 after three rounds. He is currently tied-44th.

By Utathya Nag

Indian golfer Arjun Atwal put in a steady show in Round 3 of the Barracuda Championship on Saturday to end the day tied-44th on the leaderboard.

The Indian finished the third round one-under and rose two places with a total score of +13.

Starting the penultimate round from the first tee at the Tahoe Mountain Club's Old Greenwood Course in Truckee, California, the 47-year-old started with a birdie and held par over the next three holes before carding a bogey on the fifth.

On the back nine, Atwal registered two birdies in the tenth and 12th before dropping points with a bogey on the 15th.

Indian golfer Arjun Atwal in action

With the event being the only one on the PGA Tour to use the Modified Stableford format scoring system, golfers get +8 for an albatross, +5 for an eagle, +2 for a birdie, zero for par, minus one for bogey and minus three for double bogey or worse.

His three birdies won Arjun Atwal +6 points while he lost a point each for his two bogeys, taking his total score for the round to +4.

“Putting can be better. However, I feel my game is looking and getting better each week,” Arjun Atwal told PTI.

Arjun Atwal has made the cut in each of his three events -- at the Rocket Mortgage Classic and the 3M Open -- since the PGA Tour returned in June. 

Atwal is expected to line up at the Wyndham Championship in August for what will be the last event before the FedExCup playoffs

“I hope my legs and knees hold up. Three cuts in a row at 47 is not too bad,” he quipped.

Tournament leaderboard and COVID scare

At the top of the table, USA’s Troy Merritt  climbed four places to take a four-point lead heading into Sunday’s final round. Merritt has a total score of +33.

South Africa’s Branden Grace, who was tied second after Round 2, had to withdraw from the tournament before the start of Round 3 after testing COVID-19 positive. He will also miss out on next week’s PGA Championship.