Award Name : Arjuna Award
Year of Award : 2007
Award for : Sports and Games
Location : Āsansol, Bengal, India
Arjun Singh Atwal is an Indian professional golfer who has played on the Asian Tour and the European Tour and is the first player born in India to become a member of, and later win a tournament on the U.S.-based PGA Tour. He was born on March 20, 1973 in Asansol. Atwal started playing golf at a very early age. He learnt the tricks and nuances of the game by playing in the greens of the Royal Calcutta Golf Club, when he was a teenager. After sharpening his skills in golf, he took up the game as his profession in 1995. Thereafter, Atwal gained recognition as one of the outstanding players, by featuring in the Asian Tour. He was the second Indian golfer, next to Jeev Milka Singh, to earn membership of the European Tour, in which he registered a few wins. Arjun Atwal bagged the European Tour Order of Merit event at the 2002 Caltex Singapore Masters, when he achieved a five stroke victory.
In his career in golf spanning for over a decade, Arjun Atwal has tasted win for a number of times. He has won the European Tours for three times - the Caltex Singapore Masters in 2002, Carlsberg Malaysian Open in 2003 and Maybank Malaysian Open in 2008. While in Asian Tours, he has gained victory for seven times, the most notable being the Wills Indian Open in 1999, Hero Honda Masters in 2000 and Maybank Malaysian Open in 2008. Atwal also tasted victory during the Nationwide Tour - Chattanooga classic held in 2008. DCM Open in 1995 and classic Southern India Open in 1997 are other notable wins. In 2007, he received the Arjuna Award for his performance.