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.