Arjun Atwal makes the cut at PGA Tour’s 3M Open golf

This is the second straight cut the Indian has made. Atwal had finished tied 45th at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.

By Rahul Venkat

Indian golfer Arjun Atwal made up for his sluggish start to finish tied-51st and make the cut at the 3M Open in Blaine, Minnesota on Friday.

The 47-year-old Atwal had a less-than-ideal opening round, hitting two bogies on the front nine, and then hit a double-bogey on the par-3 17th to end the round with two-over 73.

However, he bounced back well in round two, hitting five birdies, which included an impressive 20-footer on the par-4 seventh.

Though there were some concerns when Arjun Atwal missed a 13-footer for par to bogey on the 16th, but he hit two great shots to par on the final two holes and to card a fine four-under 67 in the second round and end with a two-under 140 overall.

“It was not easy today. It was windy and tough in the afternoon,” the Indian golfer told PTI later.

“I've lost all my hair after today's round. Whatever little hair I had left,” he laughed, talking about the final two holes.

It was the second-consecutive event on the PGA Tour for Arjun Atwal. He had finished tied-45th at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit, which was his first professional event since the Tour restarted.

2010 Wyndham Championship winner Arjun Atwal ended the second round with even-par 70.

The Indian golfer had been working on his putting, which he felt had let him down in Detroit, and he was impressed with his efforts this time.

“I putted well today and that helped. Let’s see how things go over the weekend,” Arjun Atwal said, referring to his two-putt for par on the 18th hole in the second round.

Meanwhile, American golfers Michael Thompson and Richy Werenski hit similar scores of 12-under 130 to share the top spot at the 3M Open, while defending champion Matthew Wolff enjoyed a bogey-free day to finish tied-sixth.

Seven-time winner on the PGA Tour Brooks Koepka was unable to make the cut. Tommy Fleetwood and Bubba Watson also crashed out.