It sure was nice to see David Duval come in tied for second at the AT&T Pro-Am at Pebble Beach. He had four rounds of 67-68-67-69. Those are solid scores in anyone’s book.
Believe it or not, this early in the season he is now 16th on the money list with over $557,000 earned in 2010.
John and I have been big fans of Duval here at the GolfDashBlog and it is just nice to see someone who has been to the dark side of golfing depths for some time but now seems to be emerging into the light again.
I just read his post-round interview at Pebble Beach and Duval shared some interesting insights on his state of mind and his current golf game:
Q. I was following you on the golf course for a time today at the closing holes, 16, 17, and 18. The first thing I really noticed was the fan support. Everybody really strongly backing you. What’s that feel like to have when you’re coming down that stretch?
DAVID DUVAL: Well, it’s important. It’s a nice thing. I’m very appreciative of it and very cognizant of it. I just believe — my guess is that with where I’ve been and what I’ve gone through, I think that the fact that – at least I feel like I’ve kept my head high through it all and acted like a professional and haven’t quit – I think that people — I think that if anything, that tends to endear you with fans.
Q. How does your schedule shape up for the rest of the year? How many more events are you gonna play?
DAVID DUVAL: Well, I don’t know exactly. I’m playing in Mexico next week. Playing at the Honda and Transitions, be at the Masters.
You know, after that, I haven’t really looked a whole lot after that. I’ve gotten a fairly good reception, I think, from the tournaments when I’ve asked for spots. As a guy who’s played a long time and is in a position that I was unfamiliar with as far as asking for spots, I take a little pride in maybe showing that, Hey, I was worth giving the spot to by having a good week and performing.
Q. That you’ve been this close after all you’ve been through. I guess there would be a feeling, Hey, it’s been a while. Are you gonna be nervous? You seem to say that all that stuff emboldened you when you’re in this position?
DAVID DUVAL: I think so. You know, in the end, I kind of see it as this is what I do, and I’m pretty good at what I do. I’ve had some struggles for a while, long while, and I feel like I’m kind of getting back on top of everything how I want to. This is what I expect of myself. I expect to play well.
With that said, that doesn’t mean, you know, you’re gonna have a chance to win every week. But to expect to be in control most of the time with what you’re trying to do.
So, um, for some reason I was blessed and I was given a gift. I had some struggles with it, but I feel like I’m pretty good at it still. It’s what I certainly want to do.
I’m just gonna go, you know, try to hit a lot of fairways in Mexico next week and hit a lot of greens. It’s really a simple recipe. Successful golf is a very simple recipe. I will try to do that again next week.