Golfer Arjun Atwal finishes tied-53 at Barracuda Championships

The Indian golfer endured a rough patch on the returning nine to slip nine places from his overnight position while American Richy Werenski won the title. 

By Naveen Peter

Veteran Indian golfer Arjun Atwal had to settle for a shared 53rd spot at the Barracuda Championships on Sunday.

Having shown promise on the returning nine to climb two places on Saturday, the Indian couldn’t build on his run as he finished with +17 points at the Tahoe Mountain Club in Truckee, California.

“Sure, it could have been much better, but that’s the way one should feel after any round,” Atwal told the Press Trust of India.

“I am glad I lasted it out, two weeks in a row and feel fairly alright with three starts and three cuts made,” he pointed out.

Meanwhile, it was the 28-year-old American Richy Werenski who came up with an inspiring final round ladened with five birdies and an eagle to take home his maiden PGA Tour title with a total score of +39, a point ahead of the overnight leader and fellow American Troy Merritt.

The Barracuda Championship has been the only PGA Tour event to adhere to the Modified Stable format scoring system. As per this method, a golfer is awarded two points for a birdie, -1 for a bogey and -3 for a double bogey. An albatross will fetch eight points while an eagle is rewarded with five points.

Arjun Atwal’s late slip

Arjun Atwal, who's been competing on the PGA Tour since golf returned post the COVID-19 break a month back, was in control on his irons as he negotiated the initial holes without dropping any points.

The 47-year-old then scored his first points on the sixth and the seventh holes with bridies that saw him climb up the charts for a brief moment.

Indian golfer Arjun Atwal admits he could have done better at the Barracuda Championships.

While he added two more points to his kitty with a birdie on the par-five 12th hole, a bogey on the 14th and a double bogey on the par-four 16th saw him undo his good work.

Though Arjun Atwal managed a birdie on his closing hole, it was not enough as he slipped nine places from his overnight position to finish tied-53.

What next on the PGA Tour

While Arjun Atwal will head for the Wyndham Championships next, which begins on August 13, top golfers will be seen in action at the first Major of the season with the PGA Championships in San Francisco this week.

The 2020 edition of the Championships will be headlined by the likes of Dustin Johnson, defending champion Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy, and Tiger Woods.

Spectators in India can watch the PGA Championships live and exclusive on DSport and DSport HD.