Atwal Becomes First India-Born Player to Win PGA Tour Event

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Journeyman professional golfer Arjun Atwal, 38, became the first India-born player, as well as the first qualifier in 24 years to win a PGA Tour event on Sunday, shooting a three-under-par 67 to secure a one-shot victory at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., reports the e-paper,

He finished with a 20-under 260 to earn a total of $918,000, more than double his earnings this year.

The practice partner for world No. 1 Tiger Woods, Atwal missed much of last year because of injuries.
He had to qualify for the tournament earlier this week because he had lost his Tour card because of a lack of earnings, becoming the first qualifier to win since Fred Wadsworth won at the 1986 Southern Open.

Atwal is a winner on the Nationwide, European and Asian tours.

Atwal carried a three-stroke lead into the final round, but fell into a seven-way tie for the lead after bogeying on the 12th hole. He reclaimed the lead with a birdie on No. 14 and moved to 20 under with a birdie on the par-three No. 16.

The Wyndham Championship was the last event players were eligible to pick up points for next week's playoffs in New Jersey.