Golf: Duval's rise gathers pace
Tuesday 12 January 1999
The 27-year-old American shot a closing 68 in a testing breeze to complete the opening tournament of the US Tour 26 shots under par at 266. Mark O'Meara, who also closed with a 68, and Billy Mayfair, who carded 71, finished joint second on 275.
Duval's victory margin was the largest in nearly two years on the US PGA Tour, since Tiger Woods won the 1997 Masters by 12 strokes. He also came within two strokes of matching the tour's record low score in relation to par, set by John Huston at last year's Hawaiian Open.
"To [win] a tournament in which everyone playing knows how to win makes it so special," Duval said of the 30-man field, which was restricted to last year's tour winners. Duval earned $468,000 (pounds 285,000) for his eighth win in his past 27 starts on the PGA Tour. Not since Nick Price won nine times in 1993-94 has anyone won so often in such a short period. "I hope I can keep doing this for another 10 or 15 years," Duval said.
Duval started the final round five strokes ahead of Fred Funk, who cut the margin to three shots after five holes before fading to finish joint fifth.
Latest in Sport
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?
WWE Raw results: Brock Lesnar suspended for post-Wrestlemania 31 rampage after losing title to Seth Rollins
WrestleMania 31: The Undertaker begins a new streak after tombstoning Bray Wyatt
Louis van Gaal: Manchester United boss reveals that being a 'slow player' made him a better manager on warts and all documentary
Proposals for 'scripted' Premier League matches stepped up after success of Wrestlemania 31
- 1 Tidal launch: The most pretentious lines from Alicia Keys' valedictory speech
- 2 Martha Stewart accuses Snoop Dogg of 'smoking for four hours' during Justin Bieber Roast
- 3 Trevor Noah: Jon Stewart's replacement faces online criticism over 'anti-Semitic' tweets
- 4 Turkey power cut: Prime Minister says nationwide blackout could be caused by terrorists
- 5 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This leading supplier of compliance software a...
£24000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Associate System Engineer r...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: An Executive Assistant is required to join a l...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...