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Ken Duke has waited a long time for his maiden victory on the US
PGA Tour. His breakthrough came at the Travellers Championship
The dream of winning is something 44yr old Duke been hanging
onto for the better part of three di erent decades that have spanned
mini tours, PGA TOUR Canada, Asian Tour, South American Tour,
Web.com Tour and now the PGA TOUR.
And at last that dream has come true.
"You gotta believe in yourself in everything you do," Duke said.
"It's kind of one of those things once you inally do it, it might come
easier the next time. That's kind of the way I feel. You have to be
patient. You can't make things happen out here. You can't win by
After 187 starts on the Tour his patience paid o and he found
the winning formula, defeating Chris Stroud on the second hole of
The funny thing is, even his coach, Bob Toski, with whom Duke has
worked since 2006, nearly wrote the winner o .
"I thought he was going to bogey the last hole and lose the
tournament," Toski groused. "But he played a good shot out of the
rough to get the ball near the putting surface."
Duke two-putted for par, only to watch from the scoring trailer
as Stroud chipped in minutes later to send the tournament
Two extra holes later, and playing the 18th for a third time on
Sunday, Duke ended it, however, sticking a wedge to 2 feet to set up
the winning birdie.
Frustration was creeping in for Rory McIlroy at the Irish
Open in Dublin as he continues to battle a rather lackluster
run of form so far this year.
The 24-year-old admitted to feeling "a little lost" after a
string of rounds that have been well below his best.
McIlroy won ive times last year, including his second
major title in the US PGA Championship at Kiawah Island,
but has struggled to reproduce that form in 2013. He
inished a disappointing 41st at the US Open at Merion last
month and su ered the ignominy of needing to apologise
for throwing a club and bending his nine iron out of shape
during a inal round of 76.
McIlroy cut a disconsolate igure after his round and
there was a long pause when he was asked what was
"I don't really know," the world number two said. "No
aspects of my game are standing out as strong. I'm hitting
it well on the range and struggling hitting shots out on
the course. The game is not coming as easy to me as it did
New Zealand No.2 Danny Lee has fallen just short of
claiming his irst victory in over two years.
The 22-year-old professional from Rotorua was looking
for his irst victory since winning the 2011 WNB Classic in
Texas. After starting the inal round with a four shot lead
Lee ired a inal round even-par 71 at the Rex Hospital Open
on the web.com Tour to inish runner-up behind American
Chesson Hadley, who closed with a seven-under-par 64 to
claim the title by two shots.
He carded rounds of 67, 66, 63 and 71 at the TPC Wake ield
Plantation for his irst top ive of 2013, catapulting him
inside the money lists top 10. Lee's runner-up inish will be
a huge help towards him returning to the PGA Tour in 2014.
The former NZ Amateur Champion needs to inish in
the top 25 players on the Order of Merit to automatically
qualify for the PGA Tour in 2014.
DUKE REIGNS SUPREME AT LAST
KO MAINTAINS HER RECORD
Lydia Ko continues to
defy the odds on the world
gol ing stage.
The 16-year-old has still never
missed a cut in 19 professional
tournaments, despite a below
par performance by her
standards in her latest event,
the US Open in New York.
Ko had been hoping to
become the youngest ever
major championship winner,
but inished 11 shots o the
pace set by South Korean
Inbee Park, who created
history by making it three from
three in the majors this year.
Ko ended up in a share of 36th
place and also su ered a rare
defeat in the leading amateur
stakes, inishing two shots shy
of American Cassie Cathrea.
However, it maintains Ko's
record of never having
missed a cut in a professional
event, having grabbed a
share of 17th at the LPGA
Championship earlier in the
month before inishing in a tie
for fourth at the Walmart NW
The Walmart result showed
just how good Ko really is,
getting to within a shot of
world number one Inbee
Park during the inal round.
However, the Pinehurst School
student couldn't make the
required birdies on the closing
three holes to get into the
playo with Park and another
South Korean, So Yeon Ryu.
Park went on to win the title on
the irst hole of sudden death.
This result puts Ko in 16th
spot on the O icial World Golf
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