Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Birthday: 20 March 1973
Year turned pro: 1995
Birthplace: Asansol, India
Sponsor: FOURTEEN, Titleist, Footjoy
Atwal is the son of a famous Indian industrialist, who started playing golf at the age of fourteen, at both the Royal Calcutta Golf Club and Tollygunge Club. A passion for golf obviously runs in the family, as Atwal’s brother Govind also plays.
Atwal turned professional in 1995, and began playing on the Asian tour where he became the first person to win one million dollars, winning the Hero Honda Masters. Another first was achieved when Atwal became the first Indian born player to achieve a tournament win on the European Tour, at the Caltex Singapore Masters in 2002. 2003 was a successful season for Atwal as he won on the European Tour for a second time, at the Carlsberg Malaysian Open, before finishing seventh at the qualifying school for the PGA Tour, earning himself a Tour card for the following season.
Atwal has played on both the European Tour and the Asian Tour, and he was the first Indian born player to join, and win a tournament on, the PGA Tour. Although he had come close to a PGA Tour win previously, most notably with several near misses during the 2005 season, Atwal wasn’t victorious for the first time until the Wyndham Championship in 2011. The success didn’t last, and Atwal lost his Tour card after the 2012 season. As of the end of 2014, Atwal’s only victory since his 2011 win has been at the Dubai Open on the Asian Tour in 2014.
As of the end of 2014, Atwal has achieved one victory on the PGA Tour, amassing total prize money of $4,790,804.