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Will bounce back in 2013: Atwal

Daniel Chopra, Jeev Milkha Singh and Arjun Atwal, in Noida, on Wednesday. (PTI)

Noida: Arjun Atwal said on Wednesday that a knee injury prevented him from giving his best in 2012. The 2010 Wyndham Championship winner, however, was hopeful that 2013 would be a better year for him.

“Injury was one of the reasons for not having a successful season,” said Atwal. “I have a new coach and then made some changes in my swing. It will take some time before things fall into place…”

“Injuries are part of a sportsperson’s life… I had my share but the good news is now I’m fit and fine,” added Atwal.

Atwal was talking to newspersons on the eve of the Shubhkamna Champions tournament, which tees off on Friday. Several top players including Jeev Milkha Singh and Daniel Chopra will take part in the meet, which offers a total prize money of Rs 60 lakh.

On his plans for the next year, Atwal said: “I will be playing seven or eight events on the PGA Tour.

“The past champion status will get me in to some events. The weeks that I do not play on the PGA Tour, I will be competing on the web.com Tour. The plan is to take advantage of my starts on the PGA Tour by playing well and getting my card back for 2014.”

Like Atwal, Jeev was also optimistic about Indian golf’s future. Picking up Gaganjeet Bhullar and Anirban Lahiri for special mention, Jeev said: “They are moving in the right direction and that is where the future of Indian golf lies.”

Chopra, who played in Delhi a lot during his formative years, said he was happy to play in an Indian tournament.

“I have been playing well as was seen in the last two weeks and would love to cap the year with a win,” he said.