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Pebble’s Past, Present Point To The Near Future
pebbLe;beaCH,;CaLIf.;| It was the tour-
nament linking distant past with immedi-
ate future, calling back days Bing Crosby
crooned and Phil Harris joked, and also
reaching toward the summer when the
laughter stops and the struggle begins.
be the golfer who won the ’01 British
Open, the one who was No. 1 in the world
in 1999, before Tiger, Duval again faltered.
He survived only one more cut the rest of
the year and, finishing 130th, lost his play-
He was a factor in the AT&T, however,
tying for second with J.B. Holmes.
“I feel like I’m playing well,” said Duval.
He is 38 now, living in Denver. “It’s difficult
Since 1936, a major and a regular
PGA Tour event have been played on the
same course the same year nine times,
and four of those have been at Pebble,
although the last was the U.S. Open at
Torrey Pines in 2008.
“I think the biggest advantage in com-
ing here this week for guys that don’t
come here much,” said Goydos in his
irreverence, “is figuring out where to stay
and where the restaurants are. We’ve all
watched Pebble on TV. I don’t think there’s
a whole lot of mystery.”
There’s been considerable mystery about
David Duval. Maybe it’s been solved. Maybe.
He was runner-up in the ’09 U.S. Open,
but when it appeared he might once more
for a player, or me at least, to sit here and
explain over and over again I feel like I’ve
been playing well. I don’t feel I’ve gotten
anything out of it for a long time,
“Ironically, I feel my performance (in
the Open) at Bethpage last year, was more
reflective of how I was playing than the rest
of the year was.”
Duval needed a special exemption to
get into the AT&T to play Pebble. Off his
finish at Bethpage, he’s already exempt for
the next tournament at Pebble, the 2010