IRVING, Texas – Success has come to David Duval in well-spaced, fleeting doses for more than a decade, and it appears this week is another example. After opening with a 66 at TPC Four Seasons, Duval gave it all back (and more) Friday, stumbling to a 76 that will likely lead to his fifth missed cut in eight starts this season.
Duval has shown glimpses of competent form lately – a T-25 in New Orleans three weeks ago was his best finish since late 2011. Upon arriving in Dallas, however, Duval began experiencing intense pain in his right elbow and was given a cortisone shot that evening.
The elbow wasn’t a problem Thursday, but it had considerable impact on his golf ball – and competitive psyche – in the second round. “It did, but to what degree, I don’t know,” Duval said. “Hard to say how much of a factor it was.”
In retrospect, the answer is clear: enough to knock him out for the weekend. “Just another setback,” said a man who has learned a thing or three about adversity.