Duval out to regain his PGA Tour card

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 08, 2013
David Duval spent his first full season of professional golf in the minor leagues, finishing No. 8 on what was then the Nike Tour money list to earn his PGA Tour card. Nearly 20 years later, after a career in which he has won a major, a PGA Tour money title and was No. 1 in the world, Duval is willing to go back. Duval still doesn't know where he will start his 2013 season, but he believes it will be a year like no other. Duval's only status is as a past champion. His only mission is to start his season next year in Hawaii, whether that's the Tournament of Champions or the Sony Open with full status. ''My wife is excited; I'm excited,'' Duval said over the weekend. ''It's going to be a different year with me the way things have changed for exemptions. I've made it clear that this year is about getting healthy and getting status.'' Duval has endured a number of injuries, the latest a broken toe that kept him out of the Father-Son Challenge last month. Most tournaments have had their unrestricted sponsor exemptions cut in half to two because the tour is trying to create space for players in a short season. Duval was disappointed to learn on Monday he had been turned down for an exemption to the Humana Challenge, where he delivered one of the most famous moments in tournament history -- he shot 59 on the final day to win what was then the Bob Hope Classic in 1999. He remains hopeful to get an exemption for Torrey Pines, though he is not standing on the street corner holding out his hat. His plan is to play -- anywhere. ''If I have to go play somewhere, I'll go to the Web.com Tour, too,'' Duval said. ''I'd like to get in that four-week series at the end of the year.'' There are two ways to get into the ''Finals'' to earn back his card -- finish from No. 126 to No. 200 in the FedEx Cup points, or be in the top 75 on the Web.com Tour money list. Then, it's a money list built on four $1 million purses with 25 cards available. ''You don't want to count on charity from other people to play,'' Duval said, referring to PGA Tour exemptions. ''You have to a little, but I'm going to play where I need to play to be in Hawaii next year.'' Meanwhile, Duval is returning to Nike, but he left vague specifics of any deal. He was the first player to win a major using Nike Golf clubs in 2001 at the British Open. ''I will be playing all Nike this year. New covert driver, ball, wedges, etc.'' he said on Twitter. ''I'm going to be with them again,'' Duval said when asked about a deal. ''I haven't signed anything. We've agreed to move forward, is the best way to put it.'' Duval then headed out to practice at home in Denver. He said he has been working all winter, even if that means hitting balls in his garage when it's cold. ''It's up to me to be ready to play,'' he said.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Russell Westbrook posterizes DeMarcus Cousins to seal win

Tampa Bay Lightning trade star goaltender Ben Bishop to the LA Kings in surprise deal

Divac makes bold promise after trading DeMarcus Cousins

Popovich praises Magic, wishes him well with Lakers

Report: Andrew Bogut likely to join Cavs after buyout

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Broncos expected to 'at least discuss' Romo

Report: Raiders don't expect to keep Latavius Murray

Report: Josh Hamilton needs another knee operation

Ball's father says comment about Lakers was misquoted

Revis hints he is open to taking significant pay cut

Several NBA executives have concerns about Lonzo Ball’s father

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

Golf News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker