Duval Singh Return to Action

By Mercer BaggsMarch 19, 2003, 5:00 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. -- David Duval returns to action this week after a brief bout with positional vertigo, a condition that results in short but violent bursts of dizziness when the head is turned.
It lasted for about a few days, Duval said Wednesday while practicing for the Bay Hill Invitational.
Duval was last seen two weeks ago shooting 80 -- his worst score on tour since 1996 -- in the second round of the Ford Championship at Doral. He said he woke up sick that morning with the room spinning.
Its a very uncomfortable feeling when everything is spinning. If anybody has ever drank any alcohol theyve felt that, too. Its certainly not too dissimilar to that, he explained.
Duval is making his sixth start of the season. He has missed three cuts in four stroke-play events, and was beaten by Justin Rose in the first round of the Accenture Match Play Championship. Still, hes far from disappointed in his game.
I would be very pleased if I could play out there like Im hitting out here, he said. What Im doing right now on the driving range is exactly what I want to do. Im swinging the golf club like I know how; I simply havent taken it with me (to the course).
Its all there. Probably the thing I need now is just to play a little bit and enjoy it and build up some of the confidence that has eroded through this year or so of poor golf. All that could even pop back in a week or so; it just takes a bit of success.
Duval, who hasnt won since the 2001 British Open, believes that success could come sooner than later given his track record with injury.
Ive hurt my shoulders and Ive won a lot since then; Ive hurt my wrist and won, and I hurt my back and won. So I can deal with a little spinning out,' he said.
The 1999 Players Champion is gearing up for next weeks event in his hometown of Ponte Vedra. He played the TPC at Sawgrass course Monday and said the venue was saturated with water.
Its a disaster, it was on Monday at least, he said.
As for the prospect of playing an event during wartime, Duval stated that he would be doing what most every other American would be doing ' his job.
Its difficult to think of it in terms of Im out here playing golf while people are going through life and death, he said.
I guess the best way for golfers or for people in other sports or entertainment is to realize that youre doing what everyone else is expected to do ' going to work and doing your job, and fulfilling the obligations you have. All the 9-to-5 people, theyre not stopping. They got to keep plugging along.
Also making a return to competition this week is Vijay Singh. He is playing in his first event since the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. The two-time Bay Hill runner-up missed five weeks ' an unbearable amount of time for a man at home on the range ' after straining a rib muscle while practicing with a ball tucked under his left arm.
Its nice to be back, Singh said while, of course, on the practice range. It was literally four weeks of no hitting. I started chipping two weeks ago and last week I finally started hitting a few balls.
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