Duval, who has not won on the PGA TOUR since his British Open victory in 2001, had said he could only play one time over the next two months because he is not eligible for the PGA Championship or any of the FedExCup playoff events. His daughter, Sienna, turns 1 next week and he planned to be at home for her birthday.
Instead, hes taking the family to Reno for some cake and golf.
Duval opened with rounds of 73-69 at Royal Birkdale and was three shots out of the lead, playing with eventual winner Padraig Harrington, when he shot 83 in the third round into gusts approaching 50 mph. He shot 71 the final day and tied for 39th.
Also playing in the Reno-Tahoe Open is Michelle Wie, and Duval had no complaints about the 18-year-old golfer with no status on any tour taking a spot in the opposite-field event.
Youre in or youre not in. Its pretty simple, Duval said. Whether I agree if she should be playing ' I think she would be better off on the Futures Tour competing against women ' is neither here nor there. (Tournament director) Michael Stearns thinks she can bring people in, and thats his job. If some guy needs a spot in the field, chances are hes not going to sell any tickets. She might add 2,000.
Duval also said he would play the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C., the week after the PGA Championship.