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Ken Duke

  • Birthplace: Hope, AR
  • Residence: Palm City, FL; plays out of The Tesoro Club (FL); Maumelle (AR) CC
  • Birth Date: January 29, 1969
  • height: 6-1
  • Turned Pro: 1994

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Nationwide Tour Victories

(1) 2006,BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs.

International Victories

(2): 1999 Shell Payless Open [Can], Bayer Championship [Can].

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$320,392 (161)

PGA TOUR Best Round

64 at Round 3, The 50th Bob Hope Classic hosted by Arnold Palmer.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Had 18 putts in the third round of the World Golf Championships-CA Championship, tying him with six other players for the fewest putts in a round.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

2-- Zurich Classic of New Orleans, U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee. T2-- Ginn sur Mer Classic.

2008 Season Highlights

Had the best season of his professional career with four top-10s and 10 top-25s...Finished T6 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational thanks to a closing 2-under 68, his first start in the event. It was his best finish since a runner-up to Nick Watney at the 2007 Zurich Classic of New Orleans...Recorded his second top-10 of the season with a T4 at the Buick Open. Eagled the par-4 14th on Sunday to vault into contention before falling two strokes shy of eventual winner Kenny Perry. One of five players in the field to card all four rounds in the 60s...Shared the first-round lead at the John Deere Classic with a 7-under 64. Finished T18...Third top-10 was a runner-up at the U.S. Bank Championship, one stroke behind Richard S. Johnson. Posted four rounds in the 60s, including a final-round 65, to jump from No. 92 to No. 63 in the FedExCup standings...Recorded his best finish in a major championship with a T13 in the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills. He was just one stroke back after an opening 1-under 69....Recorded his seventh top 20 in the last nine starts with a T10 at the Deutsche Bank Championship. The good play pushed him to 18th in FedExCup points after his top-10 finish in Boston.

Career Highlights

Member of PGA TOUR in 2004, 2007-09 and the Nationwide Tour in 1995, 2003 and 2005-06. 2007: After missing the cut in four of his first seven starts, the leading money winner on the 2006 Nationwide Tour made 21 of 24 cuts for the remainder of the season including four consecutive top-10s in the middle of the season...Best finish was a second at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans where he began the final round two shots off Nick Watney's 12-under lead. Shot 70 in the final round to claim his best career TOUR finish. Also earned his biggest paycheck to date, $658,800...Added a fifth top-10 at the Ginn sur Mer Classic at Tesoro, his home course in Port St. Lucie, FL. His T5 in that event moved him to No. 36 on the money list. 2006: Returned to the PGA TOUR after two seasons on the Nationwide Tour thanks to finishing No. 1 on the Nationwide Tour money list and earning Player of the Year honor. Position made him fully exempt for the 2007 PGA TOUR and also earned entry into the 2007 PLAYERS Championship...Tied for first on the Nationwide Tour with nine top-10s (with Boo Weekley), including four top-three finishes. Among those top-threes was his first Nationwide Tour win at the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs in April...At the BMW Charity Pro-Am at The Cliffs, posted four rounds in the 60s (69-68-68-68) to finish 13-under 273, one shot in front of Jess Daley...Followed his victory by Monday Qualifying for the PGA TOUR's Wachovia Championship in Charlotte, NC, where he finished T14 and won $100,800...Finally took over the top spot with a runner-up finish at the Palmetto Pride Classic, falling in a Monday playoff to Aussie Michael Sim. 2005: Finished 47th on Nationwide Tour money list with three top-10s, including a second and a third...Posted a T3 finish at the Henrico County Open, finishing three strokes behind champion Chad Collins. Also runner-up at the Canadian PGA Championship. 2004: First career PGA TOUR top-10 came in his 29th career start, where he finished T9 at the Reno-Tahoe Open, thanks to 8-under 64 in the second round. 2003: Finished T12 at Qualifying Tournament to earn his initial TOUR card for 2004...Wrapped up the season No. 33 on the Nationwide Tour money list...Runner-up to Brett Wetterich at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open. He and Wetterich shot first-round 10-under 62s...Ended the season with a strong showing at the Nationwide Tour Championship, finishing fourth, five shots behind Chris Couch. 1999: Finished first on the Canadian Tour Order of Merit. Won the Shell Payless Open and Bayer Championship on Canadian Tour...Has also played on the Asian Tour and the South American Tour. 1997: Missed cut in the British Open. 1996: Finished T23 at the Greater Vancouver Open in his first career PGA TOUR start. Amateur: Was named all-conference and all-district all four years in college at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR... Competed in 1993 and 1994 U.S. Amateurs...Inducted into the Henderson State Hall of Fame.

Personal

Says biggest thrill in golf was playing a practice round with Jack Nicklaus at the 1997 British Open at Royal Troon, Scotland...Lists Larry Bird as his hero...Credits his father for giving him his start in golf...Avid fisherman...Has made seven career aces.

Nationwide Tour Playoff Record

0-1

Other Information

Joins the PGA TOUR for the first time after a T12 finish at 2003 PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament. Has played in eight PGA TOUR events, making three cuts with one top-25 finish, a T23 at the 1996 Greater Vancouver Open. Made the cut in 19 of 26 events on the 2003 Nationwide Tour. Wrapped up the season No. 33 on the money list with $133,167. Finished runner-up to Brett Wetterich at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open. Earned a career-best $51,300 for his efforts. He and Wetterich both shot opening-round 10-under-par 62s, the low first 18 on Tour all season. Ended the season with a strong showing at the Nationwide Tour Championship, finishing fourth, five shots behind Chris Couch. Also finished in the top 10 at the Preferred Health Systems Wichita Open (T10). Also played the Nationwide Tour in 1995. Finished first on the 1999 Canadian Tour Order of Merit with $122,187. Won the 1999 Shell Payless Open and Bayer Championship on Canadian Tour. Played in the 1997 British Open. In addition to Nationwide Tour and Canadian Tour, has also played on the Asian Tour and the South American Tour. Was named all-conference and all-district all four years in college. Competed in 1993 and 1994 U.S. Amateurs. Inducted into the Henderson State University Hall of Fame. Has had six holes-in-one during his career. Biggest thrill in golf was playing a practice round with Jack Nicklaus at the 1997 British Open. Lists Larry Bird as his hero. Credits his father for giving him his start in golf. Avid fisherman.

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