19 October, 2020

Pro Found

Arjun Atwal goes where no Indian has been before—into the hallowed world of the US PGA Tour

Pro Found
Celebration, Florida, a small town founded by the Disney Corporation in 1994, adjacent to Walt Disney World, is an attempt to blend the best ideas from successful towns of yesterday with the technology of the new millennium. It's an attempt at new urbanism, where everything seems perfect. Lawns are always mowed, the house paint is never chipped and cars are parked perfectly. They say that in winters, town managers blow fake snowflakes on to the streets and in autumn, they arrange for faux leaves.

Some months ago, this is where Arjun Atwal and his wife, Sona, set up their new base. Celebration is where Atwal wanted to live his dream from. Last week, he took the most definitive step in that direction by becoming the first Indian to qualify for the world's most lucrative professional golf tour, the US PGA Tour, which has $245 million in prize money. This is that exclusive world where players can become millionaires over one single weekend. This is where golfers own jet planes, islands and private golf courses to practise in.

So the decision to settle in Celebration seems...


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