Atwal takes one-shot lead on PGA Tour

Oct. 19, 2012 at 9:47 PM

SEA ISLAND, Ga., Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Arjun Atwal, two years removed from his lone PGA Tour victory, grabbed the lead Friday after 36 holes of the McGladrey Classic.

Atwal shot a 7-under 63 at the Seaside Course of the Sea Island Resort for a two-day total of 10-under 130.

Davis Love III and Jim Furyk were one shot behind while Gavin Coles, David Toms and first-round co-leader Bud Cauley were two back.

Atwal birdied his first three holes and suffered only one bogey. He is currently 175th on the tour's money list and needs to climb 50 spots on that list in the two tournaments remaining in order to retain his full exemption on the circuit for 2013.

A victory this week would ensure Atwal a place on the tour for the next two years.

Love, captain of the U.S. Ryder Cup team that lost to Europe last month, shot a 66 Friday. Furyk, a member of that team, had a 65.

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