He’ll try to repeat his feat at the 2010 Wyndham Championship, where he Monday qualified for the event and then hoisted the trophy Sunday. He was the first qualifier in 24 years to win a PGA TOUR event.
Atwal, 44, shot 4-under 66 on Monday at Windyke Country Club in Memphis, Tennessee, to share medalist honors with Jordan Russell.
Chip Deason and Garrett Osborn grabbed the final two spots in a 6-for-2 playoff after firing 67. Former PGA TOUR winners Heath Slocum and Brendon Todd also took part in that playoff, as did Ben Wood and 56-year-old Jay Delsing.
The FedEx St. Jude Classic’s qualifier was conducted Sunday because of Monday’s U.S. Open sectional qualifying. Osborn successfully qualified for the U.S. Open on Monday, shooting 65-68 to qualify for his first major championship.
Russell is a former Texas A&M golfer who was a semifinalist at the 2011 U.S. Amateur at Erin Hills, site of next week’s U.S. Open. Russell has competed on both the Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR Latinoamerica, but has not played an event offering Official World Golf Ranking points since 2015. This will be his PGA TOUR debut.
Osborn, 32, has one top-10 in seven career PGA TOUR starts. He finished T9 at the 2014 Sanderson Farms Championship after Monday qualifying for that event. The Alabama-Birmingham alum also has played in 88 Web.com Tour events, posting two third-place finishes. He has played just 10 events on that circuit since the end of 2010, though.
Deason, 42, has played in five career PGA TOUR events. His best finish is T54 at the 2008 Ginn sur Mer Classic. Deason, an Alabama alum, also has played in 20 Web.com Tour events, making three cuts.
2016-17 Monday qualifiers
Made cut: 18 (28.6%)
Top-25s: 4 (6.3%)
Best finish: T11, Keith Mitchell at Valspar Championship
AT&T Byron Nelson qualifiers
T66. Alex Moon, 74-66-72-73
MC. Sean Kelly, 74-71
MC. Y.E. Yang, 74-72
MC. Benjamin Polland, 75-75