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- First Indian to play in the US PGA Tour
- First player on Asian PGA to exceed US $1 million in career earnings
- First Indian golfer to win a European Tour Order of Merit event
- Topped the Asian order of merit in 2003
Arjun Atwal is a veteran Indian professional golfer. Born on 20 March 1973 in Asansol, West Bengal, India, Atwal developed the passion for golf, right from the childhood. He gained nationwide recognition after becoming the first Indian golfer to make it to the highly prestigious US PGA Tour. Apart from that, he is well known both at the national and international golf competitions, for his career best performance at the Asian PGA, which fetched him US $1 million - the highest in his career earnings. The Asian order of merit topper (in 2003) is one of the renowned names in golf in India. Go through the following lines to know all about the career and profile of Indian golfer - Arjun Atwal.
Atwal started playing golf at a very early age. He learnt the tricks and nuances of the game by playing in the greens of the Royal Calcutta Golf Club, when he was a teenager. After sharpening his skills in golf, he took up the game as his profession in 1995. Thereafter, Atwal gained recognition as one of the outstanding players, by featuring in the Asian Tour. He was the second Indian golfer, next to Jeev Milka Singh, to earn membership of the European Tour, in which he registered a few wins. Arjun Atwal bagged the European Tour Order of Merit event at the 2002 Caltex Singapore Masters, when he achieved a five stroke victory.
Arjun Atwal topped the order of merit in 2003. During the same year (2003), he became the first Indian golfer on Asian PGA to win a million US dollars on the tour, when he claimed a one-stroke victory in the Hero Honda Masters on the home soil. In February 2003, Atwal earned his second triumph on the European Tour, when he held off former U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen to claim a commanding four-shot victory at the Carlsberg Malaysian Open. After putting up a lackluster performance at his debut in 2004 US PGA Tour, Atwal did remarkably well in 2005, losing the BellSouth classic by a whisker.
In his career in golf spanning for over a decade, Arjun Atwal has tasted win for a number of times. He has won the European Tours for three times - the Caltex Singapore Masters in 2002, Carlsberg Malaysian Open in 2003 and Maybank Malaysian Open in 2008. While in Asian Tours, he has gained victory for seven times, the most notable being the Wills Indian Open in 1999, Hero Honda Masters in 2000 and Maybank Malaysian Open in 2008. Atwal also tasted victory during the Nationwide Tour - Chattanooga classic held in 2008. DCM Open in 1995 and classic Southern India Open in 1997 are other notable wins.