My Five: Most Meaningful Victories

Golf Digest's Senior Writer Jaime Diaz ranks the most meaningful victories of 2010

December 29, 2010
There are wins and there are wins. I find redemptive victories -- in which players overcome long slumps, personal difficulties, or underappreciated careers -- to be the most meaningful. These were my five favorites of 2010.
Arjun Atwal

1. Arjun Atwal wins the Wyndham Championship

The 37-year-old's first career victory was redeeming on several levels. Having just lost his playing card a month earlier after coming off a medical exemption for shoulder injuries, Atwal won the final tournament of the regular season and became the first Monday qualifier to win in 24 years. The win earned him a two-year exemption, and made him the first player born in India to win on tour. Perhaps most importantly, it turned the page on the trauma from a 2007 car crash in which a driver trying to race Atwal was killed, and which required a year-long investigation. Tiger Woods' regular practice partner at Isleworth can share some lessons about adversity.
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