Atwal makes history for india in championship

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 August, 2005, 12:00am

Former Asian number one Arjun Atwal will take another step into history by becoming the first Indian to tee up at the US PGA Championship.

The Indian star, who now plies his trade on the US Tour, is hoping to make an impact in his career second major after gaining an exemption to take on the world's best players.

'It'll be fun to play this week,' said Atwal.

'I got a spot through a money list that started from last year's PGA Championship till last week, so I'm hoping to make full use of this opportunity in America.

'It definitely feels good to be here. A major is a major, it's a much bigger field and I'm looking forward to it. This is where you test your game to the limit.'

Last season's Asian Tour number one Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand will join Atwal in Baltusrol along with several other Asian old hands. From the days when they were battling for honours across Asia's finest fairways, Atwal was delighted to catch up with Thongchai at a major.

Other Asian players are South Korea's Kevin Na, compatriot Hur Suk-ho, K.J. Choi and Yang Yong-eun. And then, of course, there is Vijay Singh himself.