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Duval was the U.S. Junior Amateur champion in 1989. His pro career began in 1993, but really took off between 1997 and 2001, a period in which he won 13 PGA TOUR tournaments. For a while he carried the label, "best player never to have won a Major," but his victory in the 2001 British Open put a stop to that.
Other career highlights include achieving the number one spot in the Official World Golf Rankings in April, 1999, and shooting a 59 in the final round of the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. At the time, only two other golfers in PGA TOUR history, Al Geiberger and Chip Beck , had posted a 59 in competition.
After his British Open win, Duval entered a downward spiral in form that saw him drop to 80th on the money list in 2002, and 211th in 2003, prompting an extended break from the game. Numerous reasons have been postulated for the decline, including back problems, private difficulties and a form of vertigo.
Many commentators believed Duval's career to be over, but he returned to golf in 2004 at the US Open, where he shot 25 over par and missed the cut. David has struggled since his return with his best result a T13 at the 2004 Deutsche Bank Championship. While Duval at his peak was viewed as aloof and distant and was not a fan favorite, now galleries sympathize with his plight and root for him to overcome his issues and to experience golfing enjoyment.
PGA TOUR Victories
- 1997 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill, Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic, The Tour Championship
- 1998 Tucson Chrysler Classic, Shell Houston Open, NEC World Series of Golf, Michelob Championship at Kingsmill
- 1999 Mercedes Championships, Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, The Players Championship, BellSouth Classic
- 2000 Buick Challenge
- 2001 British Open Championship
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