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Arjun Atwal

IndiaIndia

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Total Strokes: 78 - 73 : 151
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Updated: Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 04:13 PM
  • Birthplace: Asansol, India
  • Residence: Windemere, FL
  • Age: 38
  • Turned Pro: 1995
  • Eligibility Code: ELIGIBILITY CODE: 8, 10

Started playing golf at Royal Calcutta after being encouraged to take up the game by his father, Bindi, at age 14. Went to high school in America to study liberal arts for two years. Became the first player on the Asian PGA Tour to surpass $1 million in career earnings after winning the 2000 Hero Honda Masters in India. Became the first Indian, and only the fourth Asian, to win on the European Tour when he recorded a five-stroke victory in the 2002 Caltex Singapore Masters. In February 2003, claimed a commanding four-shot victory at the Carlsberg Malaysian Open for his second triumph on the European Tour. Held off Retief Goosen to win. Was the first native of India to join the PGA Tour after T7 finish at PGA Tour Q-School. 2004 was his first season on the PGA Tour, when he missed 14 cuts in 15 starts in the middle of the season but ended strong by playing on the weekend eight times in last 10 appearances, including his first career top-10, a solo sixth at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, aided by a final-round 66. Finished No. 82 on the 2005 money list in second full season on Tour. Led Tour in Putting Average (1.710). Missed just one cut in 17 starts. Earned first top-10 of the season in his third start, which he barely made. Began the week of the BellSouth Classic in Bali, Indonesia, on his honeymoon and as the 23rd alternate for the tournament. Parents warned him of impending storms, so he and his wife, Ritika, headed to the their U.S. residence. First round of the weather-shortened, 54-hole tournament did not begin until Saturday due to inclement weather. Was informed Thursday morning that he was second alternate, and when Chris DiMarco and Steve Flesch withdrew Friday, he was next in the field. Opened with a 77 but came back with rounds of 67-64 to make his way into a five-way playoff with winner Phil Mickelson, Rich Beem, Brandt Jobe and Jose Maria Olazabal. Eliminated on first extra hole after second shot found the water on the 18th hole and could not get up and down for par. His T2 finish was the best of his career. Fell out of the top 125 on the 2006 PGA Tour money list, posting one top-10 in 33 starts. Lone top-10 was a T4 at the Buick Invitational. Finished the 2007 Nationwide Tour season with 11 made cuts in 17 starts and No. 60 on the money list, with $101,824. Led the Tour in Putts Per Round (28.53). Finished among the 25 graduates from the 2008 Nationwide Tour, at No. 17 on the money list. Made the cut in 17 of 23 starts, with 11 top-25 and five top-10 finishes. Finished T2 in the season-opening Panama Movistar Championship after holding the third-round lead by one stroke. Won for the first time in America when he defeated Webb Simpson at the Chattanooga Classic with a birdie at the first playoff hole. Shot 24 under par for the week, including a second-round 60 (12-under-par), the low round on Tour in 2008. Earned his third European Tour victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open in early March ... Missed more than four months of the 2009 season with a shoulder injury and received a Medical Extension for 2010 out of the Qualifying Tournament/Nationwide Tour category. Has eight events to earn $586,007 and gain status for the remainder of the season. 2010 was a career year included first PGA Tour victory, becoming the first native of India to win on the PGA Tour, winning the Wyndham Championship playing as a Monday qualifier.

Nationwide Tour Victories

(1) 2008,Chattanooga Classic presented by Black Creek.

International Victories

(9): 1995 DCM Open [Asia]. 1997 Classic Southern India Open. 1999 Wills Indian Open [Asia]. 2000 Hero Honda Masters [Asia], Star Alliance Open [Asia]. 2002 Carlsberg Malaysian Open [Eur]. 2003 Hero Honda Masters [Asia], Caltex Singapore Masters [Eur]. 2008 Maybank Malaysian Open [Eur].

PGA European Tour Victories

2010 Wyndham Championship PGA European Tour Victories: 3 - 2008 Maybank Malaysian Open; 2003 Maybank Malaysian Open; 2002 Caltex Singapore Masters Other Victories: Nationwide Tour Wins: 1 - 2008 Chattanooga Classic

2010 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$18,701 (215)

2010 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

T2-- *Tavistock Cup.

PGA TOUR Best Round

68 at Round 3, Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

T2-- BellSouth Classic.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

0-1

Other Information

Missed over four months of the 2009 season with a shoulder injury and will receive a Medical Extension for 2010 out of the Qualifying Tournament/Nationwide Tour category. Has eight events to earn $586,007 and gain status for the remainder of the season. Made the cut in just four of 12 starts and failed to record a top-25 finish. Was one of four players to ace the 15th hole at the RBC Canadian Open (Briny Baird, Leif Olson and Casey Wittenberg) and win a BMW Z4 convertible. It was his first TOUR ace. Made two starts on the 2009 Nationwide Tour, with his lone made cut a T33 at the WNB Golf Classic. Finished among the 25 graduates from the 2008 Nationwide Tour, at No. 17 on the money list. Made the cut in 17 of 23 starts, with 11 top-25 and five top-10 finishes. Finished T2 in the season-opening Panama Movistar Championship after holding the third-round lead by one stroke. Won for the first time in America when he defeated Webb Simpson at the Chattanooga Classic with a birdie at the first playoff hole. Shot 24-under for the week, including a second-round 60 (12-under), the low round on Tour in 2008. Earned his third European Tour victory at the Maybank Malaysian Open in early March. Fired an 8-under 64 in the final round to erase a seven-stroke deficit and force a playoff with defending champion Peter Hedblom. Won with par on the second extra hole when Hedblom three-putted. Finished the 2007 Nationwide Tour season with 11 made cuts in 17 starts and No. 60 on the money list, with $101,824. Led the Tour in Putts Per Round (28.53). Fell out of the top 125 on the 2006 PGA TOUR money list, posting one top-10 in 33 starts. Lone top-10 was a T4 at the Buick Invitational. Recorded three eagles over a five-hole stretch on his first nine (Nos. 14, 16 and 18) during the second round. Missed a 7-foot putt for birdie on the 72nd hole that would have put him in a playoff with eventual winner Tiger Woods, Jose Maria Olazabal and Nathan Green. Finished No. 82 on the 2005 money list in second full season on TOUR. Led TOUR in Putting Average (1.710). Missed just one cut in 17 starts. Earned first top-10 of the season in his third start, which he barely made. Began the week of the BellSouth Classic in Bali, Indonesia, on his honeymoon and as the 23rd alternate for the tournament. Parents warned him of impending storms, so he and his wife, Ritika, headed to the their U.S. residence. First round of the weather-shortened, 54-hole tournament did not begin until Saturday due to inclement weather. Was informed Thursday morning that he was second alternate, and when Chris DiMarco and Steve Flesch withdrew Friday he was next in the field. Opened with a 77 but came back with rounds of 67-64 to make his way into a five-way playoff with winner Phil Mickelson, Rich Beem, Brandt Jobe and Jose Maria Olazabal. Eliminated on first extra hole after second shot found the water on the 18th hole and could not get up and down for par. His T2 finish was the best of his career. In rookie campaign in 2004, missed 14 cuts in 15 starts in the middle of the season but ended strong by playing on the weekend eight times in last 10 appearances, including his first career top-10, a solo sixth at the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, aided by a final-round 66. Was the first native of India to join the PGA TOUR after T7 finish at PGA TOUR National Qualifying Tournament. In February 2003, claimed a commanding four-shot victory at the Carlsberg Malaysian Open for his second triumph on the European Tour. Held off Retief Goosen to win. Became the first player on the Asian PGA to surpass $1 million in career earnings after winning the Hero Honda Masters in India. Became the first Indian, and only the fourth Asian, to win on the European Tour when he recorded a five-stroke victory in the 2002 Caltex Singapore Masters. Lists Greg Norman, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus as heroes in golf. Started playing golf at Royal Calcutta after being encouraged to take up the game by his father, Bindi, at age 14. Went to high school in America to study liberal arts for two years.

National Teams

World Cup (1), 2005.