Indian golfer Arjun Atwal starts with a fine five-under 66 in the REX Hospital Open on the Korn Ferry Tour, the second rung Tour in the US. He won both the PGA Tour and nationwide though, the Korn Ferry Tour was earlier called and started on the back nine and had three birdies. Arjun followed that up along with a bogey on third and a birdie on fourth.
He finished with an eagle on ninth for a day’s work of 66 through which he was placed in T-17. In the second round, Atwal was playing his first event since the end of March and was even through six holes. When his play ended on Friday, with a lot of players who were yet to finish their second round, Derek Ernst sat at the top of the leaderboard at 12-under par with holding a one-stroke lead over Andrew Novak, whose 10-under 10 from Thursday held up for the 18-hole lead.
Novak was just one-under through four holes in the second round and the backlog was caused by inclement weather which led to the suspension of Thursday’s opening round early in the afternoon. Ernst made just one bogey in 36 holes on Friday and carding a bogey-free seven-under 64 in the morning and a five-under 66 in the afternoon.