Friday, October 7

David Duval Struggles Through Another Season

David Duval (right) with U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Davis Love.
I SAW A NOTE ABOUT former world No. 1 golfer David Duval in my Golfweek 360 email. Duval made the magazine’s “5 Things” column after posting three rounds in the 60s for a 14-under total and T23 finish at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

It might be hard to imagine that a top 25 finish is noteworthy, but that’s certainly the case for Duval. The tour veteran had missed five of his last six cuts and 12 in all this season. His best finish in 21 events was a T9 at the Northern Trust Open and he has earned a little more than $400,000, which puts him at 145th on the money list.

I don’t usually study the stats page, but the numbers do tell a story. Duval is well below average in driving accuracy (51.24%) and his scrambling and putting are not particularly stellar. Nonetheless, a couple of top fives or 10s could vault him up the money list and move him into top 125 territory.

Unfortunately, it’s unlikely to happen this week at the Open. The projected cut is at 1 over and Duval finished play with 71-73—144, or 2 over par. If that holds, he’ll miss the cut by one.

−The Armchair Golfer

(Photo credit: camflan, Flickr, Creative Commons license)


Anonymous said...

Well.....David seems to still have problems with his golf game truly sad.

People focus on Woods but don't forget David was a #1 player for quite a spell.

I don't think Woods will slide as far as David has done but talk about a guy who has fallen & can't seem to get up.

Anonymous said...

Very good observation about Duval Anon.

I agree with you,Woods is looked at differently...just today the Golf Channel telecast was alluding to Paul Casey not winning in 2yrs,he has been battling injuries.

Somehow folks expect Woods to perform like he was not away from the game....In perspective:in 2yrs,I think Woods has only played in maybe 9 tourneys due to his personal problems,injury & try putting a swing change in there.