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Old 04-08-2006, 03:37 PM
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Default Great column in Kansas City Star on David Duval

Joe Posnanski is the best columnist at the KC Star, he is excellent. Thought this was a good read

Duval's game lost in puzzling bunker
JOE POSNANSKI
The Kansas City STar

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AUGUSTA, Ga. - The first shot hooked into the trees, kicked around the lumber and plopped down in an unplayable lie in the azaleas. Heck, why not? Golf has been one long unplayable lie the last few years for David Duval.

"He stopped caring," people say.

"He lives a more balanced life," people say.

"He got too nice," people say.

David Duval dropped the ball, hit his third shot, and it whacked off a stake in the ground. The ball bounced back into an unplayable lie. Sure. Why not?

"He lost his confidence," people say.

"He stopped loving the game," people say.

"He made too much money and quit practicing," people say.

David Duval dropped the ball again. Everyone knows his story by now. Duval was the No. 1 player in the world once. In 1999, he won four times in the first four months and was designated as Tiger Woods' official rival. He almost won the next two Masters, and he did win the 2001 British Open. He seemed angry and determined and combative and focused beyond reason. Golf was his life.

And then, suddenly, his game dropped into the abyss. He said the British Open victory did not feel quite as great as he had hoped. In 2002, he didn't finish in the top three in any tournament. There were injuries. Doubts. Swing problems.

Fast forward. In 2005, Duval played in 20 tournaments, shot 80 or higher six times and made a grand total of $7,630 - or $381.50 per tournament. Nobody could remember a collapse quite like this one. There have been great athletes who lost it because of injury or alcohol or shaken nerves or love or a million other reasons. Rick Ankiel. Ian Baker Finch. Penny Hardaway. But this was different. One of the best golfers in the world had turned into something like a weekend hacker.

Still, he kept on playing. He heard the whispers in the galleries. He read the stories being written about him. He kept playing, and his scores got worse, and he kept playing. Why? Every so often, he would say a few words about how he still loved golf. He wanted to prove himself. After a while, though, he decided that the talk wasn't helping. So he stopped explaining. He left everyone guessing.

"He wants his wife and children to see him as he was," people say.

"He has to keep playing to get endorsement money," people say.

"He doesn't know what else to do," people say.

There was Duval on Friday, stuck in the woods on the second hole of the Masters and about to hit his fifth shot. It was a good time to take stock. Duval was already 14 over par. On Thursday, he had shot a humiliating 84, his worst score ever at the Masters, the second-worst score of the day behind 68-year-old Charles Coody. Duval is 34 years old.

He tried to hit his fifth shot back to the fairway, but the ball thwacked off a tree and ricocheted back into the woods. He managed to hit his sixth shot into the fairway. His seventh shot plopped into the front bunker. This was one of the easiest holes at Augusta.

"I just can't understand what's going on because he has a lot of game," another old rival, Phil Mickelson, said.

"It's not because he stinks," Rocco Mediate said. "It's something happened, and he can't find back what he had before,"

"I don't know what it is," Tom Watson said. "I'm not in David's head."

Duval hit his eighth shot on the green. He was now two putts away from the all-time score at the second hole, a record set by a man named Sam Byrd back in 1948. Byrd was an interesting story - he was a baseball player with the Yankees in the 1930s. Byrd was known for replacing Babe Ruth late in games. He had an utterly unique and fabulous nickname: "Babe Ruth's Legs." Byrd then became a golfer, and quite a good one, but the real point here is that the last guy to shoot a 10 on the second hole at Augusta played baseball with Babe Ruth.

Duval putted twice, tied Legs' record, and he headed to the third tee. He was 19 over par and in last place. All around Augusta National, people asked each other: "Did you hear Duval made 10?" Then there were the usual sad head shakes and the usual theories about why it all fell apart for him.

The story would end here, except something very odd happened. David Duval made a birdie on the next hole. OK, big deal, right? Except a few minutes later he made another birdie on the impossible seventh hole. There were only eight birdies there the whole day.

Then, on the back nine, with the wind swirling and the greens faster than Google searches, David Duval went crazy. He made a birdie at 12, the hardest little hole on planet earth. He made a birdie at 14. He birdied 15. He birdied 17. He shot 32 on the back nine, better than anyone on this Friday, and even that doesn't explain how good he was. The old look was in his eyes. He hit every shot close. He stalked every green. He walked with a touch of a strut. He partied like it was 1999. Like he had it again.

"Sure, it's because the pressure was off," people say. "He's got it back," people say.

"Who the heck knows what it means?" people say.

When Duval finished with a 75, he was surrounded by reporters who wanted to ask how he felt about it all - about the 10 and the fall and the bolts of lightning that struck on the back nine.

"No thank you," Duval said, and he went over to hug his wife. Duval had a smile on his face as they walked together to the locker room and headed home after missing another cut.
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Old 04-08-2006, 05:38 PM
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Default Great column in Kansas City Star on David Duval

Good stuff. Was certainly one of the most bizarre rounds ever. He has shown signs of life this year
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Old 04-08-2006, 07:01 PM
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Default Great column in Kansas City Star on David Duval

I used to play in several fantasy golf leagues so I used to follow golf very closely.

I never hear this mentioned on tv but I would be surprised if it's not a factor in what has happened to Duval.

Several years ago while Duval was getting ready to play in an pga event in Washington St he got word that his soon to be bride had left him. He left the event that Thursday when it was to begin to go back to Florida. I think he took a week or two off and pretty much from that point on was never the same.

I remember hearing he has since married (to someone else) but he always gave me the impression of being very sensitive. Maybe it doesn't have anything to do with his problems but I have always thought it does.
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Old 04-08-2006, 11:36 PM
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Default Great column in Kansas City Star on David Duval

Vrix he went through a very bad break up. It wasn't his girlfriend it was his fiance. He got way depressed. He had a breakdown and that was pretty much it for him.

Think it was the classic the higher they are they harder they fall type deal.

I think he started to play some good golf again--then his wife had issues during her preganancy and he might have gone backwards a little there. Then he had a great December.

Amazing a guy struggling so much he still makes probably a million a year and most of that during the gravy season.
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