Duval, former Mr. 59, feeling snubbed?
Former world No. 1 golfer David Duval has taken a liking to Twitter lately. Since joining the twittersphere several weeks ago, Duval has already fired off over 1,000 tweets and has picked up over 8,000 followers at last check.
Before being "verified" by Twitter with that little, blue, check mark, a follower asked Duval how we all knew it was the real Duval and not some imposter. Duval responded by tweeting out a photo of his trophy case, which included a Claret Jug from his victory at the 2001 Open Championship -- his lone major title. Well played.
During his heyday in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Duval was a dominating figure on the course, but very reserved when it came to all other aspects. That's why it's refreshing to see the man behind the wraparound Oakley shades loosening up a bit on Twitter.
However, Duval may have sent out a tweet on Monday night that he'd like to take a mulligan on. It's been a struggle for Duval since winning the '01 Open, which was also his last victory. Over the years since his five-year exemption for winning that Open ran out, Duval has had to rely on a lot of sponsor's exemptions.
He was hoping to get one for next week's Humana Challenge (formerly the Bob Hope Classic, where he had a 10-year exemption for his 1999 win). Duval won the event in stunning fashion in 1999, firing an amazing 59 in the final round.
A disappointed Duval tweeted Monday night: "So it's official. I will not get a spot at the Humana."
It's the follow up tweet, though, that is getting some attention.
Here's what Duval wrote: "I guess having the defining moment in the history of the event doesn't matter."
It was a shot at Humana, but also a point well taken. Not only is Duval a former No. 1 player, but -- aside from the Open in 2001 -- the defining moment of his career happened in that event.
John Cook, also a former Hope winner (1997), wondered on Twitter if he could, "give Duval my lifetime exemption."
All winners of the Hope prior to 1999 -- the year Duval won -- received a lifetime exemption into the event. Since 1999, winners receive a 10-year exemption into the event.
Duval probably deserves a spot based on his place in the tournament's history. But, his angry tweet probably didn't help his cause for the years ahead.
You can follow T.J. Auclair on Twitter @tj_auclair.
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