Friday, July 18, 2008
Could This Be, Gulp, the Resurgence of David Duval For Good?
Now I know what you're thinking. No way should you assume a guy is "back" when he's played golf well for two days. This guy hasn't been good since 2001 and has fallen so far off the map, new golf fans have no clue who he even is.
Also, I know the argument can be made that at times over the past five years, Duval has found brilliance, even if for a moment. In 2003 he only made four of 20 cuts on tour, but one of those was the FBR Capital Open where he posted 62 in the second round. In 2006 he opened his season with a 63 in the final round of the Sony Open, only to make 12 of 23 cuts on the way in.
My point is, Duval was one of the best golfers on tour, overtaking Tiger Woods as top golfer in the late 90s, before he dropped off the map because of health issues and his love for snowboarding.
He's been talking about much fun this is and how well he's hitting it and maybe, just maybe he found out how to play the game again.
This entire argument could be tossed aside with a bad third round or a choke job on Sunday, but for now, it seems that every shot he hits is comfortable and any situation he's been in has been handled well.
If anything it's nice to see David Duval again. I guess with Tiger's absence, Nike needed someone to step it up.
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