Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Playoff Perfect Duval Wins Again with 12-Foot Putt

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Playoff Perfect Duval Wins Again with 12-Foot Putt

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LAKE BUENA VISTA -- David Duval has got this winning thing all

figured out.

Once the most notable bridesmaid on the PGA Tour, Duval has, in

the last two weeks, become what many of his peers had predicted

and perhaps feared, grasping the subtleties of shot-making under

pressure to go with his considerable physical talents.

The result has been another rally from behind to win a Tour

event in a playoff. The Jacksonville native dropped a 12-foot

par putt after blasting out of a sand trap on the first extra

hole, and defeated Dan Forsman to win the $1.5 million Walt

Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic yesterday at Disney's Magnolia

Course.

Last week, Duval beat Duffy Waldorf and Grant Waite in a

three-way playoff to win the Michelob Championship, his first

Tour victory.

"I'm finding a comfort level out here," said Duval, who won

$270,000 and has moved from 32nd on the money list to eighth in

two weeks, with $1,165,308. "I guess what I've realized is you

don't need to play excellent golf to win. You need to play well,

play smart and know that the breaks are going to even out --

maybe not over the course of one year, but over a few years. The

last two weeks, I think I've gotten a few of the breaks that

would have gone against me in the past."

Duval is the third player on the Tour to win in successive

weeks this year, and is the first since Billy Andrade in 1991 to

win his first two tournaments in back-to-back weeks. PGA Tour

officials on site said that pending further research, Duval is

believed to be the first PGA Tour player in history to win

back-to-back playoffs.

Duval (70) had birdied three of four holes on the back nine to

catch and pass Forsman (69), but lost a one-shot lead with a

bogey on the par-4 18th hole to force the playoff. Both finished

regulation at 18-under-par 270.

Duval and Forsman missed the green after returning to the 18th

for sudden death, Duval landing in a bunker and Forsman in the

second cut of fringe to the side and 30 feet from the pin. Duval

hit "a very mediocre sand shot," but then watched as Forsman

badly stubbed his chip and left himself with 25 feet for par.

Forsman missed and Duval confidently dropped in his putt,

roughly the same distance he had last week to win the Michelob

Championship.

Duval said he was not upset at failing to close the tournament

out in regulation. On that final hole, he drove the ball into

the right rough, pulled it into a bunker, and after blasting

out, trickled a 10-foot par attempt just past the hole on the

right.

"The way I saw it, I had two chances to win the tournament,"

Duval said. "After [the bogey in regulation] there was another

chance. I still had the last word. And I also wasn't upset

because the putt I hit in regulation was one of the best I hit

all week. …

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