Indian golfer Arjun Atwal landed three birdies in opposition to two bogeys for a fantastic +four spherical that helped him rise two spots to tied 44th in the Barracuda Championships right here, the one PGA Tour occasion to use the Modified Stable format scoring system. The 47-year-previous Indian started with a birdie and added two extra in opposition to as many bogeys that took him to +13 after 54 holes.
Atwal, who has made the minimize in every of the three occasions he has teed up since PGA Tour’s ‘Return to Golf’ in June, will tee up at Wyndham Championship in the final occasion earlier than the FedExCup play-offs for the truncated season.
“I hope my legs and knees hold up. Three cuts in a row at 47 is not too bad,” joked Atwal, including, “Putting can be better. However I feel my game is looking and getting better each week.”
Atwal birdied the primary, 10th and 12th for two level positive factors every time and dropped factors on fifth and 15th. Meanwhile, Branden Grace withdrew prior to his third spherical after testing constructive for COVID-19. He will even skip subsequent week’s PGA Championship.
Troy Merritt made two late birdies Saturday to take a 4-level lead into the ultimate spherical a 12 months after he misplaced the ultimate-spherical lead in the identical modified Stableford scoring occasion. Collin Morikawa received the occasion. Merritt had eight birdies and two bogeys at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Course for a 14-point day.
Players obtain eight factors for albatross, 5 for eagle, 2 for birdie, zero for par, minus-1 for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse. Seeking his third PGA TOUR victory, the 34-year-previous Merritt had 33 factors. A top-two end right here will earn Merritt a spot in the 2020 US Open and he’s already in the sphere for subsequent week’s 2020 PGA Championship. Merritt has two PGA Tour wins in opposition to his title.
Tied for second had been rookie Maverick McNealy and Emiliano Grillo, searching for his second PGA Tour win. Grillo had an 11-point spherical, and McNealy scored 10 factors. The excellent news for McNealy is that his girlfriend, Danielle Kang, is tied for the lead in Ohio in the LPGA Tour’s return.
With a win, McNealy could be the 12th participant (fifth straight) to earn first TOUR win at Barracuda Championship. Robert Streb was fourth with 28 factors. Joseph Bramlett and Richy Werenski adopted at 28. Streb entered the week having missed the minimize in 10 of his final 11 begins and now sits 5 factors off the lead. He was initially paired with Branden Grace earlier than his withdrawal.
Scott Stallings made eagles on No. 2 and No. 5 en route to a +11 rating, which took him to +23 factors and ninth place.