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India's Arjun Atwal takes the lead at the McGladrey Classic

Updated: Saturday, 20 Oct 2012 11:10 | Comments

Arjun Atwal is fighting for his PGA Tour survival this weekend
Arjun Atwal is fighting for his PGA Tour survival this weekend

India's Arjun Atwal holds a narrow lead at the halfway stage of The McGladrey Classic after a second round of 63 at Sea Island.

Atwal carded eight birdies and one bogey to finish 10 under par, one shot ahead of tournament host Davis Love (66) and Jim Furyk (65).

Atwal is currently 175th on the PGA Tour money list and needs a high finish this week to move into the top 125 and secure his card for 2013.

"Yeah, I'm in a desperate situation," Atwal said. "I got no choice to either win or finish in the top two, I think my caddie figured out. So I just gotta grind it out."

Furyk is playing his first tournament since the Ryder Cup at Medinah, where the United States - captained by Love - squandered a 10-6 lead in Sunday's singles.

The former US Open champion has had seven top-10 finishes this season, but badly wants a first victory since 2010 after several near misses.

"I have a lot of confidence in my ball striking right now, but when you don't play a lot sometimes it's (about) the course management, making the good decisions," Furyk told www.pgatour.com.

"And so far that's all kind of coming back to me slowly and I've kind of gained momentum as the last two rounds have gone on."

Overnight joint leader Bud Cauley added a 70 to his opening 62 to lie two shots off the pace on eight under alongside David Toms (67) and Gavin Coles (65).

"I just kind of didn't have it today," Cauley said. "I would have loved to have shot under par, but even is not too bad. So I'm going to go on the range and work on it and hopefully play better on the weekend."

Fellow co-leader Marco Dawson could only manage a five-over 75 to slide into a tie for 40th.

England's Greg Owen is three off the lead on seven under after adding a 69 to his opening 64.

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