Duval is looking for a 'fresh start' in the Sunshine State. The 1999 PLAYERS Champion has struggled in the wake of dueling lawsuits with Acushnet, Titleist's parent company. He has yet to become comfortable with a set of clubs this season, and his putting has been erratic.
The Florida native, who makes his home in Ponte Vedra Beach, will welcome the change of scenery. Duval has played four times on the West Coast, missing two cuts and earning a tie for seventh in the season-opening Mercedes Championships and a tie for 51st in last week's Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. He currently stands in 69th place on the money list.
Mark O'Meara joined Duval on the inactive list this week with a rib injury. O'Meara tried to practice Wednesday, but couldn't overcome the discomfort.
O'Meara has played three times in 2001, including a missed cut and a pair of finishes outside the top-50. His last victory came in the 1998 British Open.
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