Former World Number 1 Struggling for PGA Tour Card

During the same weekend that Tiger Woods won the winning point in the Presidents Cup for America, and plenty of money was being won in Asia, little publicity was given to another former world number 1 golfer from the US plying his trade in Southern California simply to try and keep his PGA Tour Card.

David Duval, who topped the rankings in 1998, had 11 wins in 34 tournaments between 1997 and 1999 (including eagling the 18th for a 59 to win the 1999 Bob Hope event) and who won the 2001 British Open at Royal Lytham, has had an almighty fall from grace; yet he still has the determination and will to face qualifying school, despite the fact his successful past would gain him plenty of tournament invitations next year.  He finished the weekend in second place, but with another 108 holes still left to play before a tour place can be secured, he’s still a long way from success…but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Compare Duval’s efforts to those of John Daly, who refuses to attend qualifying school and relies heavily on tournament invitations, only to walk off the course when things aren’t going great, and you can’t help but admire the man.  Regardless of whether or not Duval makes it through tour school, he will certainly not lack any support when and wherever he plays next season.

By Keith Baird.  Keith has been with PerryGolf for over 11 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.


Rory McIlroy quits the PGA Tour to return to the European Tour

World number 9, Rory McIlroy, has decided after just one year on the US Tour to return to Europe stating “If you’re not playing well in the United States then it can be lonely, but over here you have your mates.”

It’s a massive coup for the European Tour to have arguably the hottest young prospect in world golf back playing in his home continent; it will provide yet another huge boost for a tour which has had huge success this season with the Ryder Cup victory, Graeme MacDowell and Martin Kaymer both winning their first Majors, and Lee Westwood finally making it to world number one.

Despite this, Rory says he will still play 11 or 12 tournaments on the PGA Tour so fans in the US will no doubt still be able to see him towards the top of more than a few leader boards.

By Keith Baird.  Keith has been with PerryGolf for over 10 years and is one of our Golf Travel Specialists.