Atwal eyes Singapore Open

Updated: 27 October 2008 08:59 IST

The in-form Arjun Atwal will be looking to complete a Cross-Straits double when he competes in the $5 million Barclays Singapore Open from Nov 13-16.

Atwal eyes Singapore Open

Sentosa:

The in-form Arjun Atwal, the winner of this year's Malaysian Open, will be looking to complete a Cross-Straits double when he competes in the $5 million Barclays Singapore Open from November 13-16.

Although Atwal will be competing in the Barclays Singapore Open at Sentosa Golf Club for the first time, he has happy memories of the Lion City having won the Singapore Masters a joint-sanctioned tournament with the European Tour - in 2002.

"I have heard good things about Sentosa- I am told it is a tough course and I'm looking forward to playing there," said the stylish 35-year-old.

"I know it's a good field (including Padraig Harrington, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Adam Scott and Choi Kyung-ju) there as well and I'm looking forward to it. I've not played previously at Sentosa. I would rather play the tough courses than the easy ones where everyone is shooting the lights out."

Atwal, the first player from his country to earn a US PGA Tour card in 2003 and a recent winner on the Nationwide Tour, is playing the big end-of-season events in the region in a bid to win the Asian Tour's Order of Merit for the second time.

"The big events, that's why I want to play and see how it goes for my Merit goals. I think I still have a chance," said Atwal, who lies fourth in the Asian Tour's Order of Merit albeit nearly $310,000 behind leader Mark Brown of New Zealand.

"I'm looking forward to the end of the year and hopefully I will get my US Tour card back as well. I'm not far off from achieving this," he added.

Atwal was first crowned Asia's number one in 2003 when he lifted the Malaysian Open and the Hero Honda Masters.

Atwal has had two stints on the PGA Tour since winning his card in 2003 and is within touching distance of making it back onto the circuit from the Nationwide Tour after a victory in the Chattanooga Classic.

The winner's cheque of US$90,000 pushed him up from 34th to 15th on the money list, with the top-25 players earning their Tour cards on the PGA Tour next season.

"This year has been good. I'm still playing good. During the summer I didn't play great, missing the cut by one or two but I still felt good. But lately I started to play a lot better and it's coming along nicely," said Atwal, who shot a magical 60 on his way to victory in the Chattanooga Classic.



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