David Duval, yes that David Duval who won the 2001 Open Championship and former number one player in the Official World Golf Rankings. Will be teeing it up at the Puerto Rico Classic on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica this week at the Dorado Beach Resort's, East course.
The 41 year old Cherry Hills, CO. resident is playing in the event on a sponsors exemption.
The same venue that welcomed the Tour last season for the inaugural playing of the tournament is all set to welcome a deeper pool of talented players involved in a 14-tournament race for five Web.com Tour cards.
“We expect great things from our new relationship with Merrill Lynch, and we will work very had to strengthen that relationship,” said Sidney Wolf. Chairman of the Puerto Rico Classic and Puerto Rico Golf Association.
This event will mark the first time Duval has teed it up in professional competition since the first part of August at the Reno-Tahoe Open, where he finished in a tie for 66th.
Duval has played in only a handful of events in 2013, eight to be exact. Missing the cut in all but one of those events. His last professional win came on the Japan Golf Tour in November of 2011, where he beat Taichi Teshima in a playoff to win the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament.
Although Duval has not have much success after his 2011 Open Championship victory. He has had some recent success, in an almost 'bench player' role of sorts.
In 2006 after going through sectional qualifying, the 13 time PGA Tour winner finished in a tie for second at the U.S. Open at Bethpage Black to eventual winner, Lucas Glover.
Duval is now the 1544 ranked player in the latest World Golf Rankings, and has not made a cut in a professional event since his T66 at the Reno-Tahoe Open in August of this year.
Although he may not show the form he once did as the No. 1 ranked player in the world. He is sure to still draw a large gallery following when he tees it up this week in Puerto Rico.