Originally created 02/24/03

India's Atwal wins Malaysian Open



KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- India's Arjun Atwal shot a 5-under 66 Sunday for a four-stroke victory at the Malaysian Open.

The 30-year-old Atwal led from the first round and finished with a 24-under 260 total. South Africa's Retief Goosen closed within a stroke of the lead, but fired a 3-under 68 and finished tied for second with Australia's Brad Kennedy (64), at 20-under 264.

Atwal won the Singapore Masters last year to become the first Indian winner on the European tour. He was a two-time national junior college champion for Nassau Community College on Long Island.

Atwal, who played the last 10 holes of his rain-suspended third round Sunday morning, punctuated his victory with a birdie on the final hole.

After pulling his tee shot at No. 18, Atwal landed his second shot on the fringe and chipped in for his fifth birdie of the round.

"It was an ideal end for me," Atwal said. "My victory has given me the belief that I can make it in the European Tour. This win told me I am good enough to play in Europe."

Scotland's Dean Robertson closed with a 5-under 66 and finished third.