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Atwal posts four-stroke victory over Goosen

2/23/2003

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

Atwal, 30, 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.