JOHNNIE WALKER ASIAN GOLFER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Atwal earned another feather in his cap when he was named the Johnnie
Walker Asian Golfer of the Year for a majestic 2003 season.
Atwal was announced the winner of the prestigious award at a Gala
Dinner held for the Johnnie Walker Classic, which was staged at
the Alpine Golf & Sports Club.
several new pages in Asian golf history en route to winning the
Order of Merit title in Asia for the first time in his career. In
February, he claimed his second European Tour victory following
a memorable triumph over South Africa's Retief Goosen in the Carlsberg
He later made
more international headlines by becoming the first Asian player
to surpass US$1 million in career earnings with his victory at the
Hero Honda Masters on home soil and capped a tremendous season by
securing his US PGA Tour card at the Qualifying School Finals, finishing
his lifelong dream of securing his playing privileges in America,
Atwal won the accolade of becoming the first Indian to achieve this
Atwal was unable
to attend the dinner as he was in America last week. In 2002, the
award went to Korean star Choi Kyung-ju.
Adam Scott was named the recipient of the Johnnie Walker Young Golfer
of the Year award after producing another impressive season in 2003
where he achieved a career breakthrough victory on the US PGA Tour
and ended the year in a career best 25th place on the Official World
Scott won the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston to add to his
Scandic Carlsberg Scandinavian Masters victory which was achieved
a month earlier.
professional in 2000 and needed only eight starts to clinch his
European Tour card. He received the award from last year's winner,
Justin Rose of England, who is also a close friend.
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