Duval the Latest to Commit to Compaq Classic


David Duval, currently the seventh ranked player in the world, is the latest golfer to commit to the 2001 Compaq Classic of New Orleans-joining other superstars Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Ernie Els, Hal Sutton and Greg Norman as well as the legend, Jack Nicklaus. As the tournament nears, Duval's announcement adds extra prominence to what is already being deemed the best field in tournament history.
In addition to being ranked the number one player at one time in the 1999 season, Duval has 12 PGA Tour titles, including the prestigious Tour Championship and Players Championship. He is sixth on the career money list with earnings exceeding $13 million. Duval's winning streak began in 1997 with his first PGA Tour victory at the Michelob Championship. From then on, Duval set the record books on fire. In the 1998 to 1999 season, Duval became the first player since Nick Price to win four tournaments in consecutive years. Then in 1999, he also became the first player since Johnny Miller to win four events before the Masters. Adding to those impressive statistics, Duval also tied the tournament record with Al Geiberger and Chip Beck by shooting a round of 59 and became the first player in PGA Tour history to win playoffs in consecutive weeks.
After sitting out for 10 weeks due to back injuries in 2000, Duval rebounded nicely, winning his 12th event. He has made an impressive comeback, as demonstrated by his current statistics-fourth in par-5 birdie leaders, seventh in birdie conversion percentage and birdie average, 13th in driving distance and 21st on the money list. Duval's 2001 appearance at the Compaq Classic of New Orleans marks his third visit. His best New Orleans finish came in 1995 with a third place finish.
The Compaq Classic of New Orleans will be played May 3-6 at English Turn Golf and Country Club and will feature many of professional golf's top names. In addition to David Duval, the roster includes Hal Sutton, Ernie Els, Nick Price, Davis Love III, Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus and two-time defending champion Carlos Franco.
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