Arjun Singh Atwal is an Indian professional golfer who was born on March 20, 1973 in Asansol, West Bengal, India. He was known as the first Indian to become a member of the U.S. based PGA tour.
Atwal took up golf at the age of 14 and played at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club. He spent two years of schooling in the United States where he attended W. Tresper Clarke High School in Westbury, New York.
He turned professional in the year 1995 and became one of the leading golf players in the Asian Tour. He topped the order of merit in 2003 and was the first man to win a million U.S. dollars on the tour as he won the Hero Honda Masters in 2003.
Atwal was then the second Indian golfer to earn membership in the European Tour (the first one was Jeev Milka Singh) and he became the first to win on a European Tour event as he notched up a five stroke victory in the 2002 Caltex Singapore Masters. He got his second European tour win at the Carlsberg Malaysian Open in 2003. At the same year, Atwal finished seventh at the PGA Tour’s qualifying school in the U.S. which earned him his PGA tour card for 2004 where he finished 142nd on the money list. By 2005 Atwal was known to be close to winning the PGA Tour many times and finished 82nd on the money list which secured his spot in the PGA Tour for 2006.In 2010, Atwal lost his PGA Tour card after he failed to earn enough money when his medical exemption ran out. However, he was able to regain his card by playing privileges on the PGA Tour, as well as obtaining an invitation to play at the 2011 Masters tournament. Incidentally, he has been a practice partner as well as neighbor of Tiger Woods for five years.