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Chopra sole leader, Atwal fails to make cut at Western Open

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Lemont, Illinois, July 8 (UNI) Daniel Chopra shot into sole lead with a sizzling five-under 66, but it was disappointment once again for Arjun Atwal as he failed to make the cut by a single shot despite carding a decent two-under 69 in the second round of the five million dollar Cialis Western Open here.

Chopra -- after two consecutive rounds of 66 -- held a two shot lead over nearest rival Fijian Vijay Singh, who carded a successive 67.

Chopra did not have the best possible starts as he bogeyed the second hole and hit level-par shots to be one-over at the halfway mark but the Indian-born Swede set aside the ordinary show in the first nine to go on a birdie firing spree in his backward journey.

The Swede birdied all the holes except for bogeying the 13th and hitting a levelpar shot on the 17th to claim the sole lead on the leaderboard.

Meanwhile, nightmare continued for Atwal as he failed to make his second successive cut. The Orlando-based Indian tried hard to get over yesterday's horrendous show of three-over 74 but failed.

He hit three birdies and was on track to stay in contention but a bogey on the 11th meant that he fell short of making the cut by a single shot.

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