Atwal, Lahiri, Chopra tee up at 2nd Stage in PGA Tour Q-School
Brooksville (USA): Arjun Atwal and Daniel Chopra, both former winners, will start their long trek back to the PGA Tour as they tee up at the Second Stage of Qualifying School in Brooksville, Florida on Thursday.
Joining them at the same venue will be young Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri, who flew right across the world from Singapore after completing the Singapore Open last week.
Atwal, who has won once on PGA Tour, had a disappointing year with just one top-10 at the McGladrey Classic and three other top-25 finishes in 27 starts, out of which he made cut in only 15. He made USD 348,770 and finished 167th on the Money List.
Winner of two PGA Tour titles, Chopra was even lower at 188th place with USD 192,198 with a best finish of T15 at McGladrey Classic.
The 25-year-old Lahiri, lying inside top-10 in the Money List on Asian Tour, has won twice in Asia and is making his first attempt to get to the PGA Tour. Apart from one win at the SBI-SAIL Open, he has had four other top-10 finishes on Asian Tour.
Some of the big names playing at Southern Hills Plantation, Brooksville from November 14 to 17 are Robert Damron, Marco Dawson, Robert Gamez, Billy Hurley, Lee Janzen, Robert Karlsson, Frank Lickliter, Ben Martin, Sam Saunders and Garrett Willis.
There are five other venues for second stage at Plantation (Fla.) Preserve; TPC Craig Ranch, McKinney, Texas; Redstone GC, Humble, Texas; Hombre GC, Panama City, Florida; and Bear Creek GC, Murrieta, California.