Duval makes cut with 'guttier' performance


AVONDALE, La. – David Duval refuses to get ahead of himself, even though he not only has made the cut at the Zurich Classic but also sits inside the top 15 after two rounds.

Battling back from a rocky start, Duval rebounded with five birdies Friday, including a fortunate 4 on the last, to post 7-under 137. His 68-69 start here marks the first time since August 2011 that he has opened a tournament with back-to-back rounds in the 60s.

“Today was a little guttier,” he said. “I hit the ball a little better yesterday, but all I know is I have this day. Even after yesterday’s round everybody was talking about winning the golf tournament. I’ve got to get to the weekend first.”

This is Duval’s third made cut in seven tries this season. His best finish is a T-35 at Pebble Beach.

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Duval recorded one final birdie on the par-5 18th after a fortunate break with his tee shot. His drive sailed way left, over the tents, but he was awarded a free drop because of the temporary immovable obstruction down the left-hand side. After dropping at his nearest entry point, Duval laid up to 100 yards, wedged to 10 feet and made the birdie putt to move within eight of the lead.

Playing solely on sponsor exemptions this season, the former world No. 1 isn’t scheduled to play again until the St. Jude Classic in early June. Before the season, Duval vowed that this would be his final year asking for sponsor exemptions, and that he wanted to earn back his card or “find something else to do.”

“I have a good opportunity, but at the same time my game plan doesn’t change,” he said. “I’ve got this weekend. That’s what I’ve got right now, for the foreseeable future.”