David Duval

David Duval
Personal information
Full name David Robert Duval
Nickname Double D, DD
Born November 9, 1971 (1971-11-09) (age 40)
Jacksonville, Florida
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Cherry Hills Village, Colorado
Spouse Susan Persichitte Duval
Children Brayden & Sienna Duval
Deano, Nick & Shalene Karavites
College Georgia Tech
Turned professional 1993
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 1995)
Professional wins 19
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 13
Japan Golf Tour 1
Nationwide Tour 2
Other 3
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters Tournament 2nd/T2: 1998, 2001
U.S. Open T2: 2009
The Open Championship Won: 2001
PGA Championship T10: 1999, 2001
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
leading money winner
Vardon Trophy 1998
Byron Nelson Award 1998

David Robert Duval (born November 9, 1971) is an American professional golfer and former World No. 1 who competes on the PGA Tour.


Background and career

Early years

Duval was born in Jacksonville, Florida, the son of golf instructor and club professional Bob Duval and Diane Poole Duval, a member of the FSU Flying High Circus during college.[1] His brother Brent was two years older, and sister Diedre was five years younger.[2] During his early years, his father was club professional at Timuquana Country Club, where he learned to play golf under his father's guidance.

When David was nine, his brother Brent developed aplastic anemia. The family sought treatment at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, where David underwent surgery to donate bone marrow. Unfortunately, the transplant was not successful, and Brent died as a result of blood poisoning on May 17, 1981 at age 12.[3]

Bob Duval was unable to cope, and moved out of the family home for a year. Counseling enabled him to reunite with his wife and children in 1982, and David continued to receive golf instruction from his father.

Amateur career

He graduated from the Episcopal High School of Jacksonville in 1989, the same year he was the U.S. Junior Amateur champion. He continued his amateur career at Georgia Tech, where he was a four-time first-team All-American, two-time ACC Player of the Year, and 1993 National Player of the Year. While in college, he led an official PGA Tour event, the BellSouth Classic (which he would win as a professional), after three rounds.

Professional career

In 1993, just as Duval was starting his professional golf career, his father again moved out of the family home, this time permanently.[3] After two years on the Nike Tour where he won twice, he earned his PGA Tour card in 1995. Success came quickly, as Duval posted seven second place finishes on the PGA Tour from 1995 to 1997, qualifying for the 1996 Presidents Cup and posting a 4–0–0 record for the victorious American team. But a PGA Tour victory eluded him until he won the Michelob Championship at Kingsmill in October 1997, and winning his next two tournaments in the same month, including the 1997 Tour Championship. Altogether, from 1997 to 2001, he won 13 PGA Tour tournaments, including the 1997 Tour Championship, the 1999 Players Championship, and the 2001 Open Championship, as well as the 2001 Dunlop Phoenix and the 2000 World Cup (with Tiger Woods) internationally. He also tied for second in both the 1998 and 2001 Masters.

Duval's winning speech at the 2001 Open was welcomed by British commentators as "delightfully modest and heartfelt".[4]

Other career highlights include achieving the number one spot in the Official World Golf Rankings in April 1999 and shooting a 59 in the final round of the 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic on the Palmer Course at PGA West in La Quinta, California (doing so in dramatic fashion by making an eagle on the final hole to win the tournament by one shot). When he won the Players Championship he became the first player in history to win on the same day as his father, Bob Duval, who won a Champions Tour event that same day. Before 1999, only two other golfers in PGA Tour history, Al Geiberger and Chip Beck, had posted a 59 in competition and no one had ever done so in a final round. He also played on the victorious 1999 Ryder Cup team, as well as the 2002 team.

After his Open Championship win, Duval entered a downward spiral in form that saw him drop to 80th on the money list in 2002, and 211th in 2003, prompting an extended break from the game. Numerous reasons have been postulated for the decline, including back, wrist, and shoulder problems; private difficulties; and a form of vertigo. Duval has not won a tournament since his 2001 Open Championship victory on the PGA Tour. His last worldwide win was the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament in November 2001, on his 30th birthday. His 30s have proved much less lucrative on the golf course.

Many commentators believed Duval's career to be over, but he returned to golf in 2004 at the U.S. Open, where he shot 25 over par and missed the cut. Duval has struggled since his return with his best results a T-13 at the 2004 Deutsche Bank Championship and a T-16 at the 2006 U.S. Open. He made the cut in only one PGA Tour event in 2005, but did finish in the top ten at the Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Japan. While Duval at his peak was viewed as aloof and distant and was not a fan favorite, now galleries sympathize with his plight and root for him to overcome his issues and to enjoy playing golf.

Duval had a successful start to the 2006 PGA Tour season, making the cut in his first two tournaments, as well as a very respectable finish of T-16 at the U.S. Open Championship at Winged Foot Golf Club, where his second round 68 was good enough for a tie as the best round of the tournament. Despite not reaching the same heights in the remaining two majors of the year, his performances continued a general upward trend, with none of the rounds of 80+ that had become so familiar in the previous years.

After a steady start to 2007 during the West Coast Swing, Duval once again disappeared from the tour. His mother died on July 17, 2007,[1] and he later revealed that his wife was going through a difficult pregnancy. This prompted the PGA Tour to amend its medical exemption policies – and Duval was granted twenty starts for the next season.

After a lackluster first half of the year, Duval inexplicably reappeared on the leaderboard of The Open Championship, rekindling memories of his major victory. He shot 73–69–83–71 for the week and finished T-39.

In 2009, Duval used his final career money exemption on the PGA Tour. He made his first cut of 2009 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February. However, he stormed back onto the golf scene with a T-2 finish at the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. After going through sectional qualifying, Duval made the most of his first appearance in the U.S. Open since 2006. Going into the final round, Duval was four shots behind eventual winner Lucas Glover. Duval made a triple bogey at the par three 3rd hole, but rebounded with three straight birdies from 14 to 16. He stood on the tee of the 71st hole in a tie for the lead, but his par putt lipped out on the hole, and he finished tied for second, two shots behind Glover. It was his best finish on tour since the 2002 Memorial Tournament. After the Open, Duval jumped 740 spots in the Official World Golf Rankings from 882 to 142.[5]

Duval failed to earn his PGA Tour card for the 2010 season, so he had to play on sponsor's exemptions. He showed more signs of a come-back by shooting a final round 69 to finish 2nd to defending champion Dustin Johnson at the 2010 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Duval had a good 2010 season and retained his tour card at the end of the year.

Personal life

Duval split with his girlfriend Julie McArthur in early 2002 after being together for eight years.[6][7]

He met Susan Persichitte in August, 2003 at a Denver restaurant while in town for The International tournament. They got engaged in November[7] and married in 2004. They have two children together: Brady, born in 2005; and Sienna, born in 2008. Wife Susie has custody of three older children from a prior marriage: Deano, Nick, and Shalene Karavites. Their home is in Cherry Hills Village, an upscale suburb south of Denver.[2]

Amateur wins

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (19)

PGA Tour wins (13)

Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (12)
No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1 Oct 12, 1997 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill -13 (67–66–71–67=271) Playoff New Zealand Grant Waite, United States Duffy Waldorf
2 Oct 19, 1997 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic -18 (65–70–65–70=270) Playoff United States Dan Forsman
3 Nov 2, 1997 The Tour Championship -11 (66–69–70–68=273) 1 stroke United States Jim Furyk
4 Feb 22, 1998 Tucson Chrysler Classic -19 (66–62–68–73=269) 4 strokes United States Justin Leonard, United States David Toms
5 May 3, 1998 Shell Houston Open -12 (69–70–73–64=276) 1 stroke United States Jeff Maggert
6 Aug 30, 1998 NEC World Series of Golf -11 (69–66–66–68=269) 2 strokes United States Phil Mickelson
7 Oct 11, 1998 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill -16 (65–67–68–68=268) 3 strokes New Zealand Phil Tataurangi
8 Jan 10, 1999 Mercedes Championships -26 (67–63–68–68=266) 9 strokes United States Mark O'Meara
9 Jan 24, 1999 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic -26 (70–71–64–70–59=334) 1 stroke United States Steve Pate
10 Mar 28, 1999 The Players Championship -3 (69–69–74–73=285) 2 strokes United States Scott Gump
11 Apr 4, 1999 BellSouth Classic -18 (66–69–68–67=270) 2 strokes United States Stewart Cink
12 Oct 1, 2000 Buick Challenge -19 (68–69–67–65=269) 2 strokes United States Jeff Maggert, Zimbabwe Nick Price
13 Jul 22, 2001 The Open Championship -10 (69–73–65–67=274) 3 strokes Sweden Niclas Fasth

PGA Tour playoff record (2-2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1997 Michelob Championship at Kingsmill New Zealand Grant Waite, United States Duffy Waldorf Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1997 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic United States Dan Forsman Won with par on first extra hole
3 2000 Buick Classic United States Dennis Paulson Lost to par on fourth extra hole
4 2001 Buick Challenge United States Chris DiMarco Lost to par on first extra hole

Nationwide Tour wins (2)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner(s)-up
1. Aug 22, 1993 NIKE Wichita Open -17 (62–70–69–70=271) 1 stroke United States Jeff Lee, United States John Morse
2. Oct 17, 1993 NIKE Tour Championship -7 (69–68–72–68=277) 1 stroke United States Danny Briggs

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner-up
1 Nov 11, 2001 Dunlop Phoenix Tournament -15 (65–67–68–69=269) Playoff 1 Japan Taichi Teshima

1 Defeated Teshima with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (3)

  • 1998 Fred Meyer Challenge (with Jim Furyk – unofficial event)
  • 1999 Franklin Templeton Shark Shootout (with Fred Couples – unofficial event)
  • 2000 WGC-World Cup (with Tiger Woods – unofficial money)

Major championships

Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner-up
2001 The Open Championship Tied for lead −10 (69–73–65–67=274) 3 strokes Sweden Niclas Fasth

Results timeline

Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
U.S. Open T56 DNP CUT DNP DNP T28 T67 T48 T7 T7
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T20 T14 T33 T11 T62
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT T41 T13 CUT T10
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
The Open Championship T11 1 T22 CUT DNP CUT T56 DNP T39 CUT
Tournament 2010 2011
The Masters CUT DNP
U.S. Open T70 DNP
The Open Championship CUT CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Results in World Golf Championship events

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Accenture Match Play Championship R32 3 DNP R64 R64
CA Championship DNP DNP NT1 T46 DNP
Bridgestone Invitational T27 DNP 27 T28 DNP

1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No Tournament
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

PGA Tour career summary

Year Wins (Majors) Earnings ($) Rank
1990 0 0 N/A
1992 0 0 N/A
1993 0 $27,181 201
1994 0 $44,006 195
1995 0 $881,436 11
1996 0 $977,079 10
1997 3 $1,885,308 2
1998 4 $2,591,031 1
1999 4 $3,641,906 2
2000 1 $2,462,846 7
2001 1 (1) $2,801,760 8
2002 0 $838,045 80
2003 0 $84,708 211
2004 0 $121,044 210
2005 0 $7,630 260
2006 0 $318,276 172
2007 0 $71,945 222
2008 0 $114,974 219
2009 0 $623,824 130
2010 0 $919,584 106
2011 0 $400,654 152
Career* 13 (1) $18,813,237 37

* As of the 2011 season.

U.S. national team appearances



See also


  1. ^ a b "Ms. Duval" Florida Times-Union, July 20, 2007
  2. ^ a b Brown, Chip: "What the Hell Happened to David Duval? And Why is He So Happy?" Men's Journal, June 16, 2010
  3. ^ a b "Drive for Excellence" Florida Times-Union, March 21, 1999
  4. ^ Woods finds answers to all course's questions
  5. ^ The Foursome, Quick 18, Stock up/down and more – No Quit in Duval
  6. ^ Spander, Art: "Duval the fallen champion stuck in a private torment" Daily Telegraph, July 18, 2002
  7. ^ a b Diaz, Jaime: "What now for David Duval?" Golf Digest, March 2004

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