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Arjun Singh Atwal

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Arjun Singh Atwal

Born: 20 March 1973

  • He is an Indian professional golfer who has played on the Asian Tour and the European Tour and is the first player born in India to become a member of and later win a tournament on the U.S.-based PGA Tour.
  • After turning professional in 1995 he became one of the leading players on the Asian Tour, topping the order of merit in 2003 and becoming the first man to win a million U.S. dollars on the tour by winning the Hero Honda Masters on home soil in the same year.
  • He was the second Indian golfer to earn membership of the European Tour after Jeev Milkha Singh and the first to win on a European Tour event when he notched up a five-stroke victory in the 2002 Caltex Singapore Masters, which was co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours.
  • A second European Tour win followed at the Carlsberg Malaysian Open in 2003.
  • Late in the same year, he finished seventh at the PGA Tour’s qualifying school in the U.S., earning a PGA Tour card for 2004, making him the first native East Indian golfer to do so. (The most famous golfer of Indian origin, longtime PGA Tour mainstay and multiple major winners Vijay Singh is a native of Fiji.)
  • In his 2004 rookie season on the PGA Tour, he finished 142nd on the money list.
  • After the 2010 RBC Canadian Open, he lost his PGA Tour card after his medical exemption, received due to a shoulder injury, ran out and he had failed to earn enough money.
  • He later regained his playing privileges on the PGA Tour through 2012 and obtained an invitation into the 2011 Masters Tournament by Monday qualifying for and later recording his maiden victory on the PGA Tour at the Wyndham Championship, the final tournament of the regular season.
  • He became the first Indian-born player to ever win on the PGA Tour and was the first Monday qualifier to win a PGA Tour event since Fred Wadsworth won the 1986 Southern Open.
  • Because he had lost his tour card, he received no FedEx Cup points for his victory and had not earned enough points previously to make the playoffs.
  • He has been a neighbour and practice partner of Tiger Woods for five years at home in Florida.

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