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Duval seeks exemptions on Twitter

12/11/2013 - Golf

Former world No. 1 David Duval took to Twitter to seek sponsor exemptions to PGA Tour events in 2014 -- but added it would be the last time he asked for invites and that if he didn't perform well enough he "would do something else."

Duval, 42, captured the last of his 13 PGA Tour titles at the 2001 Open Championship and has dealt with myriad injuries and swing problems over the past decade.

Only once since 2002 has he finished among the top 125 money winners. In 2013, Duval made just one cut in eight appearances on the PGA Tour.

In a series of 14 tweets, Duval noted that he feels his work with golf instructor Chris O'Connell -- who also works with Matt Kuchar -- is paying off, and that his strides have simply not translated to low scores.

"The thing is though I believe you have to own what you are doing and where you are going," Duval tweeted. "I believe 100 percent I am doing right.

"With all that being said I wish to state without hesitation that 2014 is the last time I will ask for exemptions.

"I will be asking for starts but this is the last time. I think that if I can have a 20-event schedule then it's up to me to get my status.

"As a player you need to perform and if I don't do that in 2014 I will do something else."

In order to be exempt for the 2014-15 season, Duval would need to finish among the top 125 in FedEx Cup points or win a tournament. He has dropped to 1,528th in the world and his only status on tour is as a past champion, meaning his only way into tournaments is to attempt to qualify on Mondays or receive sponsor exemptions.

Duval said he considered playing on the European Tour in 2014 but decided against it for family reasons.