Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pumped-Up Duval Has to Settle for Tie

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Pumped-Up Duval Has to Settle for Tie

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BROOKLINE, Mass. -David Duval played substantially better and had slightly better results yesterday in representing the United States in his first Ryder Cup.

If nothing else, the Jacksonville native clearly was more caught up in the emotion of golf's grand spectacle -at both ends of the spectrum. During a pressurized afternoon match with Davis Love III of St. Simons Island, Ga., against Sergio Garcia and Jesper Parnevik, the lead changed hands three times and went from a 1-hole U.S. lead to a tie and back again seven times.

Throughout, Duval was a fistpumping, high-fiving bundle of energy, at least by his usual cool and calm standards. But by the end of a long afternoon at The Country Club, his downcast face and flat voice said it all.

"We're still in a bad spot," he said.

Duval and Love technically had derailed Europe's runaway freight train team of Garcia and Parnevik by battling them to a tie, earning a half-point for the U.S. But since Garcia made a 7foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to erase a 1-up U. …

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