Dublin: Indian golfer Arjun Atwal turned in a modest one-under 71 in the second round but managed to make the cut at tied 49th in the PGA Tour's Memorial Golf Tournament.

In a reversal of birdies and bogeys, he had one more of birdie and one less of a bogey than the first round to be even par for two rounds at 144.

At the Murifield Golf course, he bogeyed the third, but birdied sixth, seventh and ninth to turn in two-under.

A birdie on 12th meant he was three-under, but two lapses on 13th and 18th saw him drop down to one-under for the day.

Meanwhile Steve Stricker, who has never finished in top-10 at this event in past 11 years, knocked in a hole-in-one while capturing the sole lead at the event.

Stricker hit a 6-iron on the 188-yard eighth hole, which was his 17th, for an ace. He birdied the 18th for a five-under 67, that put him three shots ahead of a four-man pack in tied second.

Stricker was at nine-under 135, three shots clear of Rory McIlroy (72), Ricky Barnes (70), Jonathan Byrd (67) and Australian Rod Pampling (66), who lost his PGA Tour card last year.

(Agencies)