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David Duval flirts with the lead, lead spurns him

Jay Busbee
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Ah, David Duval. How we so badly want you to come back.

Duval has long been one of golf's greatest enigmas, a former No. 1 and major winner who just keeps hanging around but can't quite get the engine to turn over. Every time we hope he's going to get it back in gear, well, the engine sputters out.

On Thursday at the Puerto Rico Open, Duval leaped out to a share of the lead, posting a 3-under score through the first six holes. Alas, it didn't go so well after that. He ended up bogeying 12, 13 and 15 to fall from a share of the lead all the way down to a tie for 48th.

It hasn't been a good year for Duval. In his four events this season, he has exactly zero made cuts. That translates to zero earnings. He hasn't finished higher than 115th in any tournament. And if you go back to 2011, he's missed the cut in seven straight events. That ... that's not so good.

Duval didn't speak publicly after the round, and if you'd played the way he did on the back nine, you probably wouldn't either. The current cut is probably going to be around the plus-1 mark at Puerto Rico, and Duval currently sits at E. Come on, Dave. Hold it together for another 18 holes.

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