Arjun Atwal ends tied-45 at Rocket Mortgage Classic golf

Form eluded the Indian golfer as he carded one-over 73 in the final round as American Bryson DeChambeau pocketed his sixth title on the PGA Tour.

By Naveen Peter

Veteran Indian golfer Arjun Atwal had to settle for a share of 45th place at the Rocket Mortgage Classic after the final round at the Detroit Golf Club on Sunday. It was Atwal’s first event post the COVID-19 break.

Starting Sunday at tied-19 after a superb Round 3 that saw him climb 36 places on the leaderboard, Atwal’s irons failed him in the final round as the 47-year-old found it hard to get into a rhythm in this US PGA Tour event.

He finished with rounds of 70-69-66-73 for a 10-under 278 overall.

Meanwhile, American Bryson DeChambeau took home the title following a brilliant seven-under in the final round that helped him dethrone the overnight leader and compatriot Matthew Wolff for his sixth career win.

For Arjun Atwal, it was not the start he hoped for as the Indian hit a par in the initial three holes before finding a bogey and a double-bogey in the fourth and the fifth.

Though Atwal birdied a par-four on the eighth, form continued to elude him as the round progressed.

The Indian golfer, however, chose to look at the positives from the outing. “Still considering the long lay-off I trended well and there were a lot of positives,” he told the Press Trust of India. “Let’s see where I go next.”

Arjun Atwal’s best show on the day came at the 17th when two fine shots got him to the greens and the Indian didn’t waste the opportunity to hole in an eagle on par-five.

Meanwhile, for the champion, it was a moment to savour.

“It’s a little emotional for me,” DeChambeau would tell the PGA Tour following his win.

“Because I did do something a little different, I changed my body, I changed my mindset in the game, and was able to accomplish a win while playing a completely different style of golf.”

What next on the PGA Tour

The PGA Tour will continue this week with the Workday Charity Open in Ohio.

The field at the Muirfield Golf Club includes multiple Majors winner Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka and the 2015 PGA Championships winner Jason Day.