After passing COVID-19 protocols, fitter and rejuvenated Arjun Atwal set for Rocket Mortgage | Golf News

DETROIT: Indian golfer Arjun Atwal examined unfavourable for COVID-19 in an on-arrival take a look at forward of this week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic on the PGA Tour, leaving him relieved and excited in equal measure as he geared as much as compete amid the well being disaster.
Flying into the venue on a industrial flight, Atwal joked, “I am glad it was not a test in Math.”
“The first thing was a test on arrival. No going to the course or the range, till the test came through. I had to wait for close to hours, but in a sense felt relieved at all these precautions.”
Atwal will play the primary two rounds with Matt Jones and Michael Thompson and tee off within the first spherical within the afternoon at 1.20 pm native time.
He is raring to go.
“I have worked hard, lost almost 15 pounds, trained a bit with my son, who plays basketball. I have a new regimen, a new diet schedule and am taking less calories and working real hard,” stated the person, who’s the one Indian to have tasted success on the PGA Tour.
He received the Wyndham Championship in 2010.
“That was ten years ago, a long, long time ago,” he says.
Now 47, Atwal believes he can nonetheless compete at this degree — he was runner up, dropping in a play-off on the 2017 Mauritius Open, an occasion co-sanctioned by European and Asian Tours.
And after all, there may be the instance of Phil Mickelson, who turned 50 in June.
“I look forward to competing (this week). I miss the adrenaline. When I got the news that I got in through a sponsor’s exemption, I started getting excited to practice again. I started practising with a purpose,” stated Atwal.
“Though he played five PGA Tour events in Fall in 2019, this is only his fourth start in 2020. His last start was The Honda Classic for which he came through the Monday qualifiers.”
As for enjoying, Atwal stated, “The golf membership (close to his residence) did not shut and I did some apply but it surely was a bizarre expertise. There was no actual goal to apply with the shutdown,” stated Atwal, who is predicated in Windermere, Florida.
“I had a slight rib damage which I managed to do away with. I’m trying ahead to this one, as my physique feels okay for the primary time in a protracted whereas.
“To play a event ache free can be nice. Look ahead to enjoying with out again ache.”
His weight-reduction plan plan included lowering his carbohydrate consumption, growing his consumption of fruit and greens and cease consuming alcohol for the reason that flip of the brand new decade.
He additionally began figuring out three to 4 instances per week and practices yoga diligently.
“I do not keep in mind how way back I’ve felt like this. It’s been a gradual weight reduction and I’ve added swing velocity too. I’m again to 185 kilos which was the identical quantity once I received onto the PGA TOUR in 2004,” stated Atwal, who has received eight instances on the Asian Tour.
“I needed to do away with the aches and pains, which I’ve had for numerous years. I cleaned up my meals…consuming much less carbs, lighter energy and not consuming 3,000 energy each day like earlier than.
“I feel good. The legs feel stronger and I’m hoping that when I get to Sunday, it’ll show up when you’re carrying less weight.”
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