Posted December 16, 2013

If His Play Doesn’t Improve in 2014, Duval Says He’ll Do Something Else

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David Duval, 2011 Farmers Insurance Open

Duval at the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open. (Credit: Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated)

A mid-life career change may be in the near-future for David Duval, according to a recent torrent of tweets from the one-time top-ranked player in the world.

“As a player you need to perform and if I don’t do that in 2014 I will do something else,” the 42-year-old informed his followers on Twitter, in the course of a 14-tweet barrage.

Duval’s drawn-out decline, marked by injuries, mechanical issues and struggles with the mental game, has dropped him well below the radar to No. 1,528 in the World Golf Rankings.

He has failed to make the cut in 22 of his last 28 starts, and only played the weekend in two of 11 tournaments in 2013.

Duval says he’s made progress through recent work with Matt Kuchar’s swing guru, Chris O’Connell.

But in his tweets, he also promised, “without hesitation,” that 2014 will be the last year he relies on the kindness of strangers, er, sponsors, as he tries to get back on his golfing feet.

What he would do instead of golf remains an open question.

But this much seems certain: with more than $18 million in career earnings, he’ll have a decent cushion if he’s forced to look for other work.

You can read all of Duval’s tweets here.

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36 comments
Jane Betley
Jane Betley

"59" hope your game comes around, we really loved watching you play. Best to you in the future. Bob@Jane

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Anyone else would have been forgotten long ago.  But unlike most PGA Tour pros, Duval is an outspoken left-winger, so the media adore him and wish he'd come back.

Bob Wilson
Bob Wilson

Come on David. The game needs unique people like you. Your acceptance speech for winning "THE OPEN" was like your swing .... A one off ... Good luck mate .......

David Weller
David Weller

How about giving him a shot as an on course announcer? I'd bet he'd be pretty good at that.

Cole Drum
Cole Drum

Love to see a comeback in 2014, DD your still my favorite golfer!! Switch back to Titleist!!!

John Swartz
John Swartz

You don't have anything to prove, you are a great human being and a class act!!!

ShamsuddinKassim
ShamsuddinKassim

Wise decision David. Very few golfers can come back like Stenson. But you dont have to tell or apologize to anyone. Its your call.

Keith Panco
Keith Panco

It's hard to feel sorry for a golfer when you get up every morning and go to a dead-end job every day.

Les Fuhri
Les Fuhri

Loose some weight and bust your balls to get it back. Yes you can...

JDashhole
JDashhole

I don't see why Mr Duval has to make it harder on himself by sayiing something like this. If he could find a way to truly enjoy playing the game maybe he wouldn't need to be quitting or promising to quit all the time

Ed Mack
Ed Mack

take me on as your caddie in 2014 and WE will make it happen....trust me on this........

Mike Mazza
Mike Mazza

I hope he gets 1 last chance.. he is a good guy.. hard work will pay off.

Chris Henderson
Chris Henderson

I like David Duvall, but he is in too good of a place in his personal life. He has to rekindle his hunger and thirst which is hard to do when your in a happy place. You have to summon your inner gready, heartless, merciless competitor.

Eric Hinman
Eric Hinman

25 years class A PGA teaching professional John Jacob golf school schools

Eric Hinman
Eric Hinman

Get a new putter....the belly putter might be the answer you have needed

Peter Bisconti
Peter Bisconti

you have to apply yourself if you want it!!! i'll teach you

AD Dees
AD Dees

Duval just doesn't seem to care anymore. I may be wrong but to me it seems that way.

Bernard Sheridan
Bernard Sheridan

Hope he does. Would love to see him back. It's up to him if he really wants to. But he truly has to really want to or him will be done. It takes more than talent it takes pure desire and commitment.

OnTheRoad
OnTheRoad

Maybe he and John Daly could start their own tour!!! But, DD would miss the cut and JD would get mad and walk off the course in the middle of the tournament!!

Clip
Clip

He could play DB for the Dallas Cowboys if golf doesn't pan out.

MorphySmith
MorphySmith

Duval already IS doing something else. He is driving to PGA tournaments to WATCH.


Better just wait until he is 50 to pick up a club.

smarc78
smarc78

sad story... i better check Ms Chaynne Woods pics again - hang it there Dave

The Computer Store Owner
The Computer Store Owner

I always liked Duval.  He's an average down-to-earth guy.  I'd say he would have to have a pretty good opportunity to do better than even the lowest paid golfers on the PGA tour.  But if he doesn't enjoy the practice anymore--yeah, why not do something you enjoy.  I hope he understands that every time he gets into contention there are millions of guys like me that are pulling for him to harness the magic he once had.

alas3k
alas3k

@si_golf >> I hope he regains his former rhythm. .. But, the gets better & better, & a lot tougher.....

edstellmacher
edstellmacher

@si_golf It's a fiercely honest self scrutiny, although very public. Society seldom cares for such introspection; I'm pulling for him!

fromperpig
fromperpig

@JDashhole It's called pride.  Once you've climbed the mountaintop, no other view will suffice.

MyGolfTweet
MyGolfTweet

@filazos Lo de Duval es una mezcla de mala suerte,circunstancias personales muy curiosas y expediente X. Una pena porque parece buen tipo:(

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