Going first out in Sunday's third round at The Open, David Duval posted a 67 and signaled that he's not ready to stop playing just yet.
While the chances of another 67 are unlikely given the weather forecast, Karen Crouse with some stellar insights from Duval and his veteran caddie Ron Levin into one of golf's most fascinatingly complex personalities. (Thanks reader Tim.)
Levin added: “He wants to win golf tournaments. That’s all he’s ever wanted to do. He didn’t grow up and say, ‘I want to be a golf announcer.’ ”
The broadcast booth is where noncompetitive players go to reinvent themselves. But for Duval, analyzing the performance of other players has reinvigorated his game.
“When you’re playing well, you forget immediately about the bad shots,” Duval said. “But when you’re not playing well and you’re struggling, you feel like everybody else is hitting it beautiful and perfect all time.”
Duval said, “Sitting up there when you’re announcing and recapping the tournaments, you realize, ‘Man, these guys hit some really ugly shots.’ ” He added, “Seeing that, it’s like, ‘Oh, yeah, everybody screws up and does bad things,’ and so it removes a little bit of the pressure of ‘I have to go out and play perfectly.’ ”