Arjun Atwal set to tee off at PGA Tour event

The only Indian golfer to win a PGA Tour title, a rejuvenated Arjun Atwal will be back on a course for the first time in more than three months.

By Rahul Venkat

Arjun Atwal will be the first Indian golfer to return to professional action after he was handed a sponsor’s exemption to line up for the PGA Tour’s Rocket Mortgage Classic later this week.

The $7.5 million event made its debut last season and will be held at the Detroit Golf Club.

It will be Arjun Atwal’s first event on the PGA Tour since the Honda Classic in February, where he was unable to make the cut at his home base in Florida.

And the Indian golfer, who had only practised intermittently since the season was halted, is excited to start playing again.

“I look forward to competing. I miss the adrenaline. I have started practising with a purpose,” he told the Press Trust of India news agency.

Arjun Atwal, who has three European Tour and eight Asian Tour titles, is the only Indian golfer to win a title on the PGA Tour - the Wyndham Championship in 2010 - 15 years after he turned pro.

The Indian golfer still has the self-belief to keep going at the age of 47, even managing to reinvent himself during the break due to COVID-19.

Back in shape and raring to go

Arjun Atwal, who has had issues with his back and had also suffered a rib injury a few months back, had been following a new fitness regimen, and also took to yoga, in the past few months.

“I have worked hard, lost almost 15 pounds and trained a bit with my son, who plays basketball,” the Indian golfer revealed.

"I don't remember how long ago I have felt like this. It's been a gradual weight loss and I've added swing speed too. I'm back to 185 pounds which was the same number when I got onto the PGA Tour in 2004."

Arjun Atwal, now in the best possible shape for some years, is now eager to return to the course and aim for a solid performance to kick-start the resumption of his season.