History Just a Sidebar for Durant
Durant enters this week's Honda Classic in search of his third consecutive PGA Tour win. First, he won the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, setting a new PGA Tour 90-hole scoring record in the process. Then, after taking a week off, he won the Genuity Championship at Doral, overcoming a four-shot deficit with a Sunday 65.
Two wins in two starts. Not bad for a guy who quit golf in the early 1990s to sell insurance. Not that he ever sold a policy.
Durant is back at the TPC at Heron Bay in Coral Springs, Fla., and he's feeling much better than he did this time a year ago. Durant arrived at the 2000 Honda Classic riding a streak of five straight missed cuts on the West Coast. He also arrived sans clubs.
'I was 0 for 5 on the West Coast and to get here and my clubs don't make it, I was getting ready to turn around and go home,' said Durant on Wednesday.
Of course, now things are a bit different. His equipment is present, and so too is his game.
'I am here to try and win a golf tournament,' Durant said. 'But to say I'm trying to win three in a row - I wasn't trying to win two in a row. I was just trying to go to Doral and play well. That is all I am trying to do here.'
Durant is the world's hottest player, though he's living in a very fickle world. Currently, he leads the 2001 money list with nearly $1.5 million.
'I wish it was the end of the year,' Durant said with a laugh. 'It is awesome to be able to look and see that. But it's only March. I am very proud of the fact that I have gotten off to a great start, but it's a long year ahead.
'At least I can say I was up there for a couple of weeks - or a week.'
Winning the money title would be nice. But for a self-described 'Ordinary Joe,' there's a little event in September for which he would like to qualify.
'I had put my pie-in-the-sky goal as to make the Ryder Cup; that is definitely something I feel like I can make now if I play well,' said Durant, who is currently 11th on the standings.
For now, the 36-year-old Floridian is focusing on the Honda Classic, where he's had moderate success - three cuts made in three starts, including a tie for fifth in 1997.
Should he prevail once again, Durant would become just the 25th player in the PGA Tour's history to win in three straight starts.
Though, for a man who at one time was stuffing clubs into warehouse boxes for $24,000 a year, a place is history is more or less irrelevant.
'I am not too concerned about that kind of stuff to be honest with you.'
Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son
Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.