Originally posted on The GP Golf Report  |  Last updated 12/13/13
Former world number one golfer and major champion David Duval looks to hang up the cleats after an overall very solid 18 year career that included 19 professional wins and an Open Championship victory in 2001. He is widely known as the last number one ranked golfer in the world before Tiger Woods dominated for many years after until he was overtaken by Rory Mcilroy but since has regained his number one rank. These tweets by the golf great really hint the possibility stating that if he doesn’t perform well then it’ll be time to call it a career. With all that bring said I wish to state without hesitation that 2014 is the last time I will ask for exemptions. — David Duval (@david59duval) December 11, 2013 I will be asking for starts but this is the last time. I think that if I can have a 20 event schedule then it's up to me to get my status. — David Duval (@david59duval) December 11, 2013 As a player you need to perform and if I don't do that in 2014 I will do something else. — David Duval (@david59duval) December 11, 2013 Last nights tweets were not a retirement announcement. They were a statement of what I believe. You can only ask for so many chances. — David Duval (@david59duval) December 11, 2013 I'm asking for one more chance next year. After that I won't ask again. It's up to me to perform. — David Duval (@david59duval) December 11, 2013 With these tweets, it makes you wonder if he’s going to have kind of a Brett Favre thing where he retires and comes back a few times. I’m sure he’s frustrated with himself though no doubt as he was once the most dominant player in golf to being almost non-existent to the world. The stretch he had between 1997 and 2001 was incredible and may go down as one of the best five-year stretches in golf history the way he performed. Seven second place finishes from his rookie year in 1995 to 1997, and undefeated President’s Cup record in 1996, shooting a 59 in 1999, a major championship, a Tour Championship victory, a Players Championship win and he was almost top 10 in every major statistic category from 1997 to 2001. From 1997 to 2001 he accumulated an impressive 13 wins on the PGA Tour. Sadly, since then, he has had one of the most incredible disappearing acts in golf history as he really hasn’t done anything much since those amazing years he had in the late 90′s to early 2000′s. I tell you what, if he calls it quits after 2014 then there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll be a hall of famer. Some people may say he’s a major win short of the hall but I think having the 13 PGA Tour wins boost his chances as to where if he had maybe 10 wins then he might be short of the hall but otherwise I think he has a great chance. The stuff he did between 95 and 01 were simply amazing. Imagine if he played on that level throughout his career? If he’s done, do you have any memories of David Duval from his early years? Do you not care that he’s possibly calling it quits? Have you ever met him? Tell me all about it in the comments! Also, below is an interview that the ever awesome David Feherty did with Duval some months back. Enjoy the GP Golf Report? Then please subscribe for more golf greatness and be sure to follow Colin Mieckowski on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio! Follow @ChiGolfRadio The post Former world number one David Duval hints retirement through tweets appeared first on The GP Golf Report.
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