Arjun Atwal wins Singapore Masters

Arjun Atwal becomes first Indian to win a European PGA Tour event by winning the $900,000 Caltex Singapore Masters.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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Arjun Atwal made history when he became the first Indian and only the fourth Asian professional golfer to win a European PGA Tour event. He won the $900,000 Caltex Singapore Masters by five strokes at the Laguna National Golf and Country Club. Atwal, who led by one stroke after the third round at 10-under, fired a bogey-free final round of four-under 68 to tally 14-under 274 for the tournament. Australia's Richard Green closed with a 70 to finish second while superstar Nick Faldo was placed third. Atwal is in his rookie season on the European Tour, but played like a seasoned campaigner. "Jeev (Milkha Singh) has come close to winning before in South Africa on the European Tour, but I didn’t expect to win so quickly. I expected to win the way I was playing this year," said Atwal, who won $150,030. The win lifted him to sixth place in the European Tour Order of Merit and also earned him a two-year exemption on the Tour. (PTI)