Duke hears from friends in high places after first win


BETHESDA, Md. – Ken Duke may not be the biggest name on the PGA Tour, but that doesn’t mean the most recent winner doesn’t have some celebrity connections.

“[Charles] Barkley sent me a text the other day,” said the Travelers Championship winner. “Some of the other guys from the Heat. Obviously, Ray Allen is a big fan of golf; I met him a few weeks ago. Congratulations to the Heat. I'm good friends with Colt Ford and Mark Wills and Joe Don from Rascal Flatts. There's just a bunch of them. I'm a big country music fan, man. I'm from Arkansas. That's what it's all about.”

The 44-year-old also received plenty of social media acclaim, even trending on Twitter after Sunday’s victory.

“I don't know anything about that Twitter stuff,” he admitted. “My kids might help me on that. That's all new to me. I'll learn more about it, but I don't know if I'm going to get too deep in it.”