Wednesday, January 30, 2013
David Duval fails to qualify
ESPN.com news services
When all other avenues come up empty, former major champions sometimes will enter Monday qualifying in an attempt to play their way into PGA Tour events. Rare, if ever, has a former world No. 1 ventured down that road, though.
That was the case for David Duval this week in the Arizona desert. The 2001 Open Championship winner teed it up Monday on the Pine Course at McCormick Ranch Golf Club and shot 73, missing a playoff by 5 shots and ending his hopes of making it into the field for this week's Waste Management Phoenix Open.
Duval has yet to make a start on the PGA Tour this season. His status for this year is only as a past champion after finishing 233rd on the 2012 money list with earnings of $32,936 in 17 starts.
Alistair Presnell was the medalist in the Monday qualifier after a 67, while John Hurley and Edward Loar shot matching 68s to take the other two slots.
Duval's last victory was that major win in 2001. He's attempting to get sponsor's exemptions into other events and hopes to earn his way back on to the PGA Tour this season.