Duval to Skip Masters

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Struggling with his golf game and enjoying life as a recently married man, David Duval has pulled out of the Masters. Duval last played a PGA Tour event in October.
 
Duval made the cut just four times during the 2003 season, while missing 14 cuts and withdrawing twice. His best finish of the season was a tie for 28th at the FBR Capital Open, where he tied the course record with a second round 62. However, he did not break par in any of his other three rounds.
 
David DuvalThe 2001 British Open champion got married on March 6 and now is the father of three kids. Since that win, however, Duval's game has dropped off dramatically.
 
Duval, the only player other than Tiger Woods to be ranked as the World No. 1 over the last six years, slid to 80th on the money list in 2002 and has plummeted to 308th the latest World Golf Rankings.
 
The slide Duval is on has been tied to several things, including injuries. In 2002, the 13-time winner on the PGA Tour lost 13 pounds overnight due to a stomach illness and was forced to withdraw from the Nissan Open during the final round.
 
During the 2003 season, Duval was slowed by a bout with positional vertigo. At the Ford Championship at Doral, Duval was so ill he could not drive his car due to dizziness.
 
'It's just one thing after another,' said Duval last year at Doral. 'My golf will be better, and I'll play better. I'm in a bad rut, but it will all change. I'm still playing golf for a living, so things aren't so bad.'
 
Duval has played at the Masters every year since 1996. That year he tied for 18th and has missed the cut three times since. From 1998 through 2001, his worst finish at the season's first major was a tie for sixth, while he also shared second in 1998 and finished alone in second in 2001.
 
With his win at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 2001, Duval is exempt to play in the Masters through 2006.
 
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