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David Robert Duval (born November 9, 1971) is an American professional golfer and former World No. 1 Golfer who competed on the PGA Tour. Duval won 13 PGA Tour tournaments between 1997 and 2001; including one major title, The Open Championship in 2001.

American golfer

David Duval
Personal information
Full name David Robert Duval
Nickname Double D, DD
Born (1971-11-09) November 9, 1971 (age 50)
Jacksonville, Florida
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 13 st)
Sporting nationality  United States
Residence Cherry Hills Village, Colorado
Spouse Susan Persichitte Duval
Children Brayden & Sienna Duval (biological)
Deano, Nick & Shalene Karavites (stepchildren)
Career
College Georgia Tech
Turned professional 1993
Current tour(s) PGA Tour (joined 1995)
Professional wins 20
Highest ranking 1 (March 28, 1999)[1]
(15 weeks)
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 13
European Tour 1
Japan Golf Tour 1
Korn Ferry Tour 2
Other 4
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament 2nd/T2: 1998, 2001
PGA Championship T10: 1999, 2001
U.S. Open T2: 2009
The Open Championship Won: 2001
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour
leading money winner
1998
Vardon Trophy 1998
Byron Nelson Award 1998
Georgia Tech Athletics
Hall of Fame[2]
2003

Duval received his PGA Tour card in 1995, earning it after becoming two-time ACC Player of the Year, 1993 National Player of the Year, and playing two years on the Nike Tour (where he won twice). Between 1997 and 2000, Duval finished all four seasons top-5 on the PGA Tour’s money list, including being the leading money winner and scoring leader in 1998. In addition to his major title, he also won the 1997 Tour Championship and the 1999 Players Championship.

Following Duval’s victory at the 2001 Open Championship, he never won again on the PGA Tour and his performance declined dramatically due to injuries and various medical conditions. As a result, he lost his tour card in 2011. After his professional golf career slowed, he became a golf analyst and commentator, currently working for Golf Channel and NBC.

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Duval was born in Jacksonville, Florida, the son of golf instructor and club professional Bob Duval and Diane Poole Duval, a member of the FSU Flying High Circus during college.[3] His brother Brent was two years older, and sister Deirdre was five years younger.[4] During his early years, his father was club professional at Timuquana Country Club, where he learned to play golf under his father’s guidance.

When David was nine, his brother Brent developed aplastic anemia. The family sought treatment at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, where David underwent surgery to donate bone marrow. The transplant was not successful, and Brent died as a result of sepsis on May 17, 1981 at age 12. Bob Duval was unable to cope, and moved out of the family home for a year. Counseling enabled him to reunite with his wife and children in 1982, and David continued to receive golf instruction from his father.[5] In 1993, just as Duval was starting his professional golf career, his father again moved out of the family home, this time permanently.[5]

He graduated from the Episcopal High School of Jacksonville in 1989, the same year he was the U.S. Junior Amateur champion. He continued his amateur career for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets men’s golf team, where he was a four-time first-team All-American, two-time ACC Player of the Year, and 1993 National Player of the Year. While in college, he led an official PGA Tour event, the BellSouth Classic (which he would win as a professional), after three rounds.[6][7]

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