Ken Duke turned pro in 1994. If my math is correct, that is 19 years ago. Since that time, Duke played in 186 tournaments on the PGA Tour. Looks like number 187 was the lucky charm.
On Sunday, Ken Duke edged Chris Stroud on the second playoff hole at the Travelers Championship to secure his first career win. Better late than never, right Ken?
Now, some may argue that Duke was the beneficiary of a Bubba Watson meltdown, but that’s not the point. The point is, Duke has been playing all over the world for almost 20 years, looking for that breakthrough moment. Here it is.
By winning the Travelers, Duke has secured a ticket to the 2014 Master’s. He also jumped to a career high 70th in the Official World Golf Rankings. Not bad for the 44 year-old journey man.
Given the recent success of some, ahem, older guys in Majors (Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, etc.) would you be surprised to see Duke pull a Kenny Perry next year at Augusta? Think about it. It’s not that far fetched.
In the meantime, cheers to Ken Duke!