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June 12: Anirban Lahiri managed to stay afloat to make the cut despite a disappointing finish in the second round of the Palmetto Championship at Congaree. Lahiri, who shot 69 in in the first round managed 2-over 73 despite three bogeys in last four holes to total even par 142 and make cut, which fell at 1-over. Lahiri who was T-31st after the first round dropped to T-44 at Ridgeland, US.
Arjun Atwal missed the cut as he withdrew with an injury after shooting 72 in first round. He played the front nine in second and then withdrew. He was clearly struggling and in discomfort as he was 10-over through nine before he withdrew.
Lahiri despite his start-stop-start form has missed more cuts than he. deserved to, but this time around, he would heaved a sigh of relief after being inside Top-20 at one point. He had a up-and-down day with four birdies against six bogeys. Lahiri starting from the 10th tee bogeyed 13th and 14th but recovered from that with three birdies in a row immediately after that from 15th to 17th.
Taking the turn at 1-under, he again dropped a shot on 10th but made. up on third. Then came the avalanche of bogeys on sixth, eighth and ninth. He did have a fine run of three birdies, but otherwise his iron play and approaches left him a lot of work to do to make pars and he often missed pars from between 10-15 feet.
Chesson Hadley shot 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead over World No. 1 Dustin Johnson. Hadley was at 11-under 131, his lowest total through 36 holes since 2016.
Brooks Koepka struggled for a second straight round and missed the cut after a 73 left him at 3 over.
Johnson, five shots behind Hadley, was tied for the lead through 17 holes, but then drove the ball into a thick, deeply rooted patch of tall grass and after taking an unplayable lie he ended with a double-bogey for a 68 and is 9-under 133.
American Tain Lee, in just his third career PGA TOUR event, was third at 7 under after a 68. Lee had to Monday qualify into all three of his PGA TOUR starts.
A group of six that included Harris English and South Africa’s Erik van Rooyen were five shots behind at 6 under. First-round leader Wes Roach followed his opening 64 with a 77 to fall 10 shots behind Hadley.