India’s first and the only PGA Tour winner, Arjun Atwal, is looking to roll back the years on the world’s biggest professional golf tour.
Asansol (West Bengal) born golfer Arjun Atwal is tied 4th with scores of five-under par 135 (68, 67) in the first two rounds of Quicken Loans National being held at the tricky TPC Potomac in Maryland, USA.
Arjun Atwal is the lone Indian representative in the field after top-ranked Indian in the world, Anirban Lahiri (64th), pulled out of the tournament after a creditable T17 last week at Travelers Championship.
Starting at T15 on the leader-board, Atwal teed off from 10th on day two. Atwal sank three birdies in a row from 12th to 14th. A bogey on either side of the turn (18th and 1st) resulted in a minor slip down the leader-board but Atwal followed it up with back-to-back birdies on the next two holes to take control.
At the end of the day, Atwal moved up 11 spots and trails overnight Swede leader David Lingmerth by five strokes, with 36 holes to play.
Having lost his playing rights on the PGA Tour a couple of years ago, Atwal was plying his trade on the Asian Tour in the recent years. This week, Atwal received a sponsor’s exemption to play the $7,100,000 event on the PGA Tour.
The 44-year-old veteran has won on European Tour (3), Asian Tour (8) and Web.com Tour (1) as well.