Duval Says Perception Changed Not Him

By Golf Channel NewsroomAugust 14, 2001, 4:00 pm
Phil Mickelson says he doesnt think a major championship ' should he win one ' will change the publics perception of him. David Duvall isnt so sure. The winner of this years British Open says that the perception of Duval the winner has changed a great deal from Duval the consistent winner.
I think theres a definite change, said Duval. The job of you people sitting in here (the media) is to question why a player of his (Mickelsons) caliber or mine hasnt (won a major.) We can say as much as we want that we believe (how good we are), but until you go do it, it doesnt answer the questions.
So I do think it changes the way you are looked at and perceived. Theres just that little question mark. I think you get looked at as a champion, more so than having won the other tournaments. I dont know, its just been a different reception.
However, he believes wholeheartedly that his perception of himself has not changed.
I think I have greater confidence, because of what happened at Lytham, Duval said. And I was extremely excited about winning. But what I was more proud about than winning was how I played. Not that I played the best golf I can play, because I dont think I did. I played well, dont get me wrong. But just shooting the scores I did on the weekend and not backing into it. I just feel really good about going out there and taking control and taking care of it myself. I feel better about that than the actual win.
He has used the Claret Jug trophy for several spirits, he confessed ' Dom Perignon champagne and Louis XIII were sampled from the chalice. However, just to prove his roots, he had one very common drink ' common for the average man. He playfully refused to reveal it, but said it was a beverage that cost only a couple of dollars a bottle. I dont want to anger the R&A by revealing it.
And the British Open champion said this year is a little different in that his wins havent come at the same rapid clip as 1998, for example. But theres no question that he thinks he is a better golfer today.
Its not week to week to week now ' its April to June to July to August. There are large gaps in between, he said. Its a little bit harder to have that momentum carry-over effect.
Certainly it opens the door for me and I come into these tournaments knowing I can win under the various conditions, playing in different levels with my own ability. And that was good thing for me to learn in England.
There is the period immediately after the win that the glow is the brightest. For Duval, the day after included a trip to Canada for a skins game, but the elation he felt has rarely been matched.
We had quite a nice celebration on the plane ride over, he said. I tossed and turned for a couple of hours in bed, there was no sleep, it was all adrenalin.
But it was a great day still. The fact that I was right back out in a golfing arena was probably a good thing. It was a good day ' I have felt better on Mondays, but it was fun.
Duvals relationship with Tiger Woods has grown immeasurably over the past year. Duval hasnt yet enticed Woods to go snowboarding ' one of Duvals passions ' but he has enjoyed the friendship immensely. Still, questions about it are a little disconcerting.
Its kind of weird to talk about it, said Duval. Its like me asking you about one of your friends and you having to explain the nature of your relationship. Why are you friends with him? is the way it comes across. We see things in a similar way. I think he respects me for my golf, he respects me for who I am, and for stating my opinions and standing up for what I believe in.
Ive said on more than one occasion that I have great admiration for what he has to go through rather than how he has played.

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Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

Memo to the golf gods:

If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.

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Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

"I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

"I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x