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Divorce for Woods, wins for Atwal and Hanson

Atwal becomes first Indian to win on PGA Tour

Posted Aug 24, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Arjun Atwal

Tiger Woods once again stole the headlines this weekend, but, as has been the case recently, it wasn’t for his golf as his private life took another twist with the announcement of his divorce from wife Elin Nordegren.

This news from the courtrooms overshadowed an historic win for Indian qualifier Arjun Atwal who became the first golfer from his country to win on the PGA Tour following a one-stroke triumph at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina. Woods’ antics also knocked Peter Hanson’s dramatic play-off victory at the Czech Open down the pecking order of top headlines from the golfing world.

So we start with Woods. News of his divorce comes nine months after he crashed his car outside his Florida home which set off revelations that he had been unfaithful to his now ex-wife. And it has come at a massive cost to him, as US media report he will pay Miss Nordgren over $100m although no official financial statement has been disclosed.

The couple plan to share parenting of their two children, daughter Sam (3) and son Charlie (19-months).

This revelation may explain why Woods has been so distracted on the golf course in recent times, reflected in his recent worst ever professional result when he came second last on 18-over par at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

His recent form also saw him miss out on an automatic place in the US Ryder Cup team but he is hoping that he will become a ‘captain’s pick’ enabling him to compete at Celtic Manor in October.

In other news, Atwal’s 20-under score at the Wyndham Championship was enough to give the 37-year-old victory over the likes of David Toms and Justin Leonard who finished 19-under and 18-under respectively.

His victory owed much to a glorious nine-under 61 in the opening round. He led throughout and, despite losing his three shot cushion during the final round, held on for the win. And what makes it even more incredible is that Atwal lost his tour card in July! The win earned him £591,000 and gained him massive exposure in his homeland.

Hanson, meanwhile, moved to eighth in the Ryder Cup standings with one event remaining and knocked Paul Casey out of automatic contention, leaving him relying on one of captain Colin Montgomerie’s three wildcard picks.

Hanson holed a birdie on the second extra hole to secure victory over rookie Gary Boyd and Peter Lawrie.

His win means Monty must pick three wildcards from the likes of Casey, Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald and Justin Rose as well as Italian Edoardo Molinari.

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