Atwal edges teen Wang at Asian Tour’s Dubai Open


If you tabbed Arjun Atwal as the final winner of the 2014 golf year, please collect your prize in the comments section.

The 41-year-old former Indian No. 1, who has fallen on hard times recently and didn’t have a win anywhere since 2010, birdied the final hole Sunday at the Asian Tour’s Dubai Open to edge Korean teen Jeung-hun Wang by a shot.

Atwal, who earned $90,000 for the win, shot 16-under 272 after a closing 66.

“This one feels really special,” he told reporters afterward. “I’ve gone through some really tough times the last few years with injuries and losing my card on the PGA Tour and all that stuff. It was at a point where I almost wanted to quit. Thanks to a few of my friends and family, I didn’t, and here we are.”

Atwal’s last win came at the 2010 Wyndham Championship. He was winless on the Asian Tour since ’08. He hasn’t played full time on the PGA Tour since 2012, when he posted three top 25s in 27 starts. He has combined to make 12 starts over the past two years, including four starts (with three missed cuts) in 2014.