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Atwal eyes for golden week at Indian Open

Arjun Atwal

Indian Open celebrates its golden anniversary this year!

Arjun AtwalNew Delhi: Winning his first national championship 14 years ago as one memory which Arjun Atwal will never forget and the veteran golfer said he can’t wait to tee up again at the 50th Hero Indian Open next month as this was the title that made him the star that he is today.

With the golden anniversary of the Indian Open being staged at the venerable Delhi Golf Club, Atwal is confident of launching a title charge to end his three-year drought.

The 40-year-old, who is the first Indian to win on the PGA Tour, will compete in the Hero Indian Open for the first time since finishing tied fifth in 2010.

“Winning the Indian Open is as good as my PGA Tour win, if not better. It has two significances. One, it was my first career win and it was my national Open,” he said.

Atwal said, “It should be a fun week. I believe the organisers are inviting a lot of the past champions for a dinner during the week, so it would a fun evening to catch up with all the guys.”

“The Indian Open was my first win on my home golf course. I can remember every shot and every putt that I made during the final round. I don’t remember most of the other tournaments that I have won but those final 18 holes, I will always remember in my life.”

Mentioning the Asian tour, he said, “If you don’t win your first one, you don’t know if you can ever win. I knew it gave me the confidence to go ahead and win more on the Asian Tour. Looking back now, it was very important for me to win the Indian Open that year,” he added.

Atwal sounded positive about the fitness and said, “My injury is getting better. I would say I’m 80 per cent better. I won’t say I’m fully recovered. My lower back gets tight once in a while so we’ll see,” he said.


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