A late bogey saw Arjun Atwal card a one-over 73 and slip to tied-28th spot after the second round of the Chrysler Classic golf tournament.
Atwal, currently World No 143, needs a good finish to come inside the top 125 of PGA Tour Money ranking and is fighting hard to find the touch that made him the best putter on the Tour last year.
The No. 2 Indian golfer, tied 10th overnight, was four-under 140 after two rounds.
Indo-Swede Daniel Chopra, tied-22nd overnight, just about made the cut as he shot six bogeys and four birdies in his 74 that gave him a three-over total, the score where the cut was applied.
After a strong 67 on the opening day, the 33-year-old Atwal struggled to keep pace. Starting on the tenth, he birdied the 13th but dropped bogeys on 12th and 16th. He picked a second birdie on fourth, but a bogey on eighth saw him go over par.
Chopra had a disastrous start with three bogeys in first holes between the tenth and 13th. He picked two birdies on 15th and 17th, but three other bogeys from third to fifth almost saw him miss the weekend round. His two other birdies were on second and seventh.
American Nick Watney shot a 71 and took the sole lead in the second round. Watney played it safe to move to nine-under 135 and remain in the lead during a rainy, blustery second round.