Arjun Atwal (Ind)
Born: March 20, 1973 | Residence: Kolkata, India & Orlando, US | Turned pro: 1995
Titles: Asian: 8; Euro: 3; PGA: 1
Atwal, who spent nearly two years in wilderness due to injuries and loss of form, came back to Asia to re-discover his form and won the inaugural Dubai Open in December 2014 to earn an Asian Tour card for 2015, which was again marred by loss of form.
Back in 2010, Atwal made history by becoming the first Indian golfer to win on the US PGA Tour at the 2010 Wyndham Championship. He was also the first Monday qualifier to win a tournament in 24 years in the US. His victory secured him an invitation to the 2011 Masters Tournament, making him only the second Indian after Jeev Milkha Singh to play in the year’s first Major at Augusta National. But in the period between 2011 to 2014 December he had only two Top-10 finishes before the win in Dubai. Atwal, while returning to the winner’s circle said this felt even better than his US triumph due to the uncertainty in his career following injuries. It was his first win in Asia since his play-off triumph at the Maybank Malaysian Open in 2008. Atwal won the Asian Tour Order of Merit title in 2003 following two victories and three top-10s. A former Indian Open winner, he also won Hero Masters twice and was the first Asian player to surpass US$1 million in career earnings. Atwal started playing golf at 14 and after three years at High School in the US, he quit school to turn professional. He grew up at Royal Calcutta Golf Club where he won the Indian Open.